LITTLE Athletics Victoria (LAV) will turn 50 this year and four Warrnambool athletes will help mark the occasion.
Naticia Varley, 12, Renee Saulitis, 11, Olivia Marris, 10 and Obioma Wakefield, 10, have earned spots in a Western Country squad to contest a one-off region challenge.
The challenge, on October 20, will pit 34-member squads against each other as LAV celebrates its half-century in style.
The budding athletes — four from each age group from under 10 to under 16, plus six wildcards — will converge on Geelong’s John Landy Field for the event.
The Western Country region stretches from Portland, Warrnambool and Camperdown up to Swan Hill and Mildura.
Warrnambool Little Athletics Centre president Peter Varley said having four representatives from the city was a good achievement.
“They’ve done well. These kids all made state (championships) last season,” Varley said.
Camperdown will be represented in the Western Country squad by Hugh Porter, Ben Berry, Lauren Huth and Alistair Huth.
Blake Schwarz, Cruz Victor and Makybe Sheehan come from Portland, Zoe Brauer is out of the Colac centre and Mark Fich is from Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Warrnambool Little Athletics Centre will stage its come-and-try day at Brauerander Park on Sunday, from 4pm to 5pm.
Varley encouraged returning and new athletes to attend.
The season starts next Friday, October 11.
“It’s a chance for anyone who is thinking of doing Little Athletics to come out and do a few of the events or pick up some information,” he said.
Visit www.lavic.com.au for more information.