Wollongong City Little Athletics Club are expecting top efforts at NSW Little Athletics State Championships at Sydney Olympic Park from Friday.
Wollongong City will send a team of 46 for the three-day championships, which is one of the biggest events on the Little Athletics calendar.
The Under 13s age group will be particularly important with competitors vying for spots on the NSW team for the prestigious Australian Little Athletics Championships in Melbourne in May.
Wollongong City's national hurdles record holder Jarrod Twigg has already booked his place in the 26-man squad, with other places open.
Wollongong City have high hopes for their three relay teams at the state championships, after the Senior and Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams won at the Regional event to book a place at the state titles.
Top City performers at last year's state championships included Jarrod Twigg, Liam Henderson, Scotti Hamilton, Rosie Tozer, Teghan Barklay and India McKeown.
This year a number of children competing at their first state carnival, including Leroy Veerhuis, Ben Plumb, Maya Francis, Hannah Crinnion and Josh Bell, are expected to do well amid a busy schedule.
Following the championships, the club is looking forward to its final night of the season on Friday March 28.