Warrnambool Little Athletics member Millie Austin is excited to compete at her first Little Athletics regional carnival.
The eight-year-old will take on discus, hurdles, the 100-metre sprint and long jump at the Western Country Region Track and Field Carnival in Ballarat this weekend.
"I'm feeling great, it's really exciting," she said.
I'm feeling great, it's really exciting.Millie Austin
Her favourite event is hurdles.
Austin is part of a group of half a dozen under nine Warrnambool athletes competing at the event for the first time.
The competition is open to under nines through to under 16s.
Team manager Lauren Colwell said it was a great event to be part of.
"It's a huge opportunity, they get to run on a really good track," she said.
The under nines are part of a 30-strong team heading to Ballarat's Llanberris Reserve.
The youngsters have the chance to qualify for the state championships in March.
They have been working towards this event since the season started in October.
Colwell said it was a great family event for the club.
"We have a big area under the grand stand where we all sit together," she said.
"All the kids play and entertain each other."
Colwell said it was a fun atmosphere.
"We just support and cheer each other on," she said.
Seven other regions from across the state are also holding regional carnivals this weekend.
The club has meets at Brauerander Park in Warrnambool on Friday evenings from October to March.
The Warrnambool Athletics Club is starting its 2020 season on Sunday with a 5-kilometre time-trial run.
The Maremma Mile is at Warrnambool breakwater starting at 10am.
The Trestle Ten at Timboon is coming up next weekend before a 5km handicap run at Flagstaff Hill on March 1.
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