LITTLE athletes from Bendigo were among hundreds who successfully celebrated 50 years of the junior sporting movement at a carnival in Geelong last Sunday.
Nine youngsters from the local centre were among 32 athletes selected to represent the Northern Country Region at an inter-region competition to mark the anniversary.
Runners, jumpers and throwers from Northern Country took on the best athletes from the state's six other little athletics regions at the LAVic 50 Years Region Challenge, finishing the day in third place overall.
They received commemorative bronze medals for their efforts.
Little athletes from the bush scored a clean sweep at the event, with Gippsland winning gold ahead of Western Country.
Bendigo competitors who took part in the region challenge were: Bree Heiden, Carissa Brook, Benjamin Powell, Ellie Wilson, Fletcher Gallagher, Gabrielle Rusbridge, Lachlan Balcke, Lachlan Wood and Scott Johnson.
Kyneton pair Tyson Stanley and Mark Colverd and Rochester's Zahra Hayes were also selected in the Northern Country squad.
The Northern Country region includes major regional centres such as Wangaratta, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga, Echuca, Kyabram and Kyneton.
A 50 Years Open Day was also held on Sunday at John Landy Field in Geelong, where little athletics was first held in 1964.