MORE than 200 competitors are expected to converge at Wolseley Park on Saturday and Sunday as Gunnedah Little Athletics Centre plays host to the annual New England Zone Championships.
The championships are the first step on the representative ladder for all athletes from U7s to U17s.
For the U7s Zone is the top of the ladder, while the older athletes qualify for Regionals if they earn a top-four placing.
Older groups qualify at Regional Championships for State Championships if they finish first or second in their events at regionals.
Zone coordinator Russell Scott said that the the carnival is a great opportunity for children from throughout the New England-North West area to participate in friendly competition.
“It is also a good social occasion for the children and for their parents, who work as volunteer officials across the weekend as they meet others of like mind from other towns and renew old acquaintances.”
About 240 events will take place over the two days.