WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - A West Michigan student-athlete is about to embark on a trip of a lifetime, with the goal of gaining some worldwide recognition.
Forest Hills Northern junior, Mitch Dewey leaves Sunday for Sofia, Bulgaria, where he will compete at the World Trampoline and Tumbling Competition.
He's just 16 years old, and is ranked #1 in the United States in his age bracket.
Dewey says he's been preparing for this moment since he was 8-years old, and he hopes a good showing next week will put him on the radar for the 2016 Men's Olympic Gymnastic Team in Rio de Janeiro.
"The hardest competition I think I will have is probably the Russians and Germans," said Dewey while training Thursday at "For The Kidz Gymnastics and Trampoline" In Wyoming. "Usually the Japanese are pretty good, too."
Dewey has been coached by world-class trampoline instructor, Joshua Vance.
"For Mitch to be so good at individual trampoline makes it so that he possibly could be a 2016 or 2020 Olympian," added Vance.
The competition begins next Wednesday in Bulgaria, and wraps up Saturday, November 16th.