BENDIGO will send a strong team of more than 50 junior athletes to contest the little athletics regional championships in Albury this weekend.
The young stars will be in action at Alexandra Park on both Saturday and Sunday, competing in 19 track and field events across age groups from under-nine to under-15.
Winners at the Northern Country regional carnival will qualify for the Victorian titles at Albert Park in March.
Other top performers can also progress to the state finals if their results are strong enough when compared to those from the six other regions.
The weekend also includes some events for under-eight athletes, but they cannot progress any further.
Bendigo's contingent includes several medallists from the 2013 state championships, including race walker Carissa Brook, jumpers Fletcher Gallagher, Mackenzie Goulding and Charlotte and Imogen Sexton, throwers Bree Heiden and Serryn Eenjes, hurdler Scott Johnson and all-rounder Connor Sexton.