DERWENT Valley karate kid Adam Nankivell is hoping to ride a wave of success all the way to the Olympics.
The 15-year-old first dan black belt just returned from the Australian Karate Federation National Championships in Sydney, where he won the bronze medal in his category, Kumite.
Kumite is a form of points sparring between opponents, trading blows and blocking attacks.
Adam took up karate at age five when his father Jason started coaching. They both work and train at the Shotokan Karate Budokai at the New Norfolk PCYC.
Adam went down against the reigning champion 2-0 in his first round before coming out on top in the bronze bout.
Fittingly, karate will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020.
His event will be one of two featured, the other being Kata, a routine of techniques executed in pairs or solo.
Adam’s focus now is on improving so he can return to the competition in even better form.
“Now that I know where I am compared to the others, I can hopefully come back and get gold,” he said.