WHO? Blackburn’s Burns has been competing since the age of five. An ex-member of Shadsworth and Beach Judo Club run by his father Joe.

IN THE GB TEAM? Ranked second behind Colin Oates in his class and with one spot available, Burns may have to rely on a dip in form for his rival to get to London 2012.

MEDAL? The 22-year-old is an outside bet and is considered one for the future in the sport.

QUOTE: I will do everything within my powers to get to London 2012 and, to a certain extent, my destiny is still in my own hands. But my real aim has to be the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.