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Albany Little Athletics members Toby Camp, Georgia Whitelaw and Mikayla Camp.
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The State’s best young regional athletes in track and field are descending on Albany for the WA Little Athletics Country Championships this weekend.

For the first time, each one of the 17 regional centres are involved in the championships,

and an impressive 340 athletes from centres including Geraldton, Karratha, Newman, Port Hedland, Tom Price, Broome, Bunbury, Margaret River and Manjimup will compete in age categories from under-6 to under-17s.

More than 300 events will be held in total across the three days and almost 70 local athletes will take part in the event, which consists of events such as shotput, long jump, high jump, hurdles and the 1500m event.

Albany Little Athletics Club president Jorja Camp said Albany last hosted the championships six years ago. “It is great for the Albany kids to compete against other centres, some of which have better facilities and coaching, so we can see where our standards are,” she said.

“The ones that compete make great friendships and athletics in itself is great for kids because you are always going to be good at something.”

The events starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday at the Mike Biddulph Athletics Ground.

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