BATHURST Little Athletics Club are sending their fastest and fittest competitors away to this weekend's Little Athletics NSW State Championships at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.
A 16-strong Bathurst crew, ranging from nine to 17-years-old, will showcase some of the city's rising track and field talent this Saturday and Sunday.
"Some of the kids are right up there. Some of them travel and do training camps in the city," he said.
"Our standout this year, as has been the case for the past two years, is Zen Clark. He has a great chance of taking his events out.
"A lot of the younger ones look up to him and try to emulate him, and it's good to see because we have a lot of our juniors coming through the ranks and coming into their own."
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Clark, who was a gold medallist at the recent NSW State Athletics Championships, is the only Bathurst competitor to qualify for four events (100 metres, 200m, 400m and long jump).
He's also the only 100m entrant across the board in under 18s to post a sub-11 qualifying time (10.99).
The youngest competitor in the team, Will Curtin, comes into the event fresh of breaking a 29-year-old 400m record at the local level. He's the only other competitor taking on more than two events (70m, 100m and long jump).
Sarah Barnett, Daniel Belfanti, Kobe Borgstahl, Anthea Clark, Hayley Davis, Aaron Houston, Paige Lowe, Ashley Mullins, Dylan and Hollie Ruming, Evan Smith, Kasey Wallace, Billy and Isabelle Wilson complete Bathurst's representation this weekend.