State titles spots are on the line when Beaudesert Little Athletics Club sends a big contingent to the South Coast Regional Championships this weekend.
Beaudesert will send 40 young hopefuls to Pizzey Park, Miami, after heavy rain washed out the championships last weekend.
Defending state champion Emmy Heit will be hard to beat in the 100 metres and 200m. Club president Brad Dimmick said he had high hopes she would go well.
"She's the best athlete we have at the club," Dimmick said.
Heit is competing in the under 13s age group. If she qualifies for the state titles and does well, Heit will be picked in the Queensland team.
Tess Hannigan is another tough athlete to beat. She will run in the 1500m, and won a silver medal last year.
Will Robinson will compete in the high jump after winning gold at the state titles last year.
While he is confident his team will put on a good showing, Dimmick was also worried about the strong standard of opposition.
He said the south coast region provided the some of the stiffest competition in the state.
"They are so good down the coast," Dimmick said.
"It's definitely one of the hardest region in south-east Queensland, for sure.
"Clubs like Gold Coast, Runaway Bay, Helensvale, Tweed Heads, Ormeau and Ashmore will all have good athletes there."
Dimmick's daughter Chloe will compete in the 200m and 400m sprints, and the 300m hurdles.
He looked forward to having her involved in the club after she had finished competing. Dimmock said the community nature of Beaudesert was a highlight.
"I hope she hangs around even when she finishes up," he said.
"I love everything about this club."
Beaudesert will also send kids in the non-competitive age groups of under sevens and eights.
Dimmock credited good coaching from Donna Thomas, Chrissy Brown and Helen White for keeping the athletes from his small club competitive.
"Our coaches are very good," Dimmick said.
There are about 125 club members on the Beaudesert books, with about one third competing this weekend.
"That's a good group for us," Dimmock said.
It is a small number, which makes for a good community club.
"We are only a small club, but we don't mind that," Dimmock said.
"We are happy with the numbers."
He paid tribute to the ground staff at the St Mary's Catholic Primary School for looking after the surface the club members trained on.
"With the floods and the droughts we've been getting, it's been a battle," Dimmock said.