Sudbury's Jayden Rivers has earned a spot on a national martial arts team competing at the World Karate Championships in Dublin, Ireland, in October.

Rivers,12, lives in Sudbury, but is a member of the Fort Albany First Nation on the James Bay Coast.  

Rivers jokes that "the first thing people ask when they hear I do karate is can I beat them up?"

Rivers trains at the Sudbury Korean Martial Arts Centre. This is the first time she has qualified to compete at the World Championships. 

"Saying that I competed at the world level against people from all over the world is just a pretty amazing thing," she said.

Her mother, Tammy Rivers, said she sees her daughter as a healthy sports role model for Aboriginal youth.

"I was a single mom raising her and I wanted to get involved in a family atmosphere and to have her involved in sports," she said.

"She's a great example [to show others that] you can reach for what you want and you can get it."