For the majority of Australian athletes, the domestic season will form an integral part of their preparations for Beijing, culminating in the all-important selection trials in Brisbane at the end of February.
A plethora of Female Australian stars are expected to be in action including reigning world champions Jana Rawlinson and Sally McLellan.
Competing in the Australian domestic season earlier this year proved a winning formula for American Michelle Perry (110m Hurdles). Once again, a number of international stars will visit our shores in 2008 – names of which will be announced in due course.
The five major Athletics Australia events on the calendar are:
Sydney Athletics Grand Prix
Saturday, 16 February - Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Melbourne Athletics Grand Prix (IAAF World Athletics Tour)
Thursday, 21 February – Melbourne Olympic Park, VIC
Australian 20km Road Walking Championships
Saturday, 23 February - Albert Park, VIC
Selection Trials & 86th Australian Athletics Championships
Thursday, 28 to Saturday, 1 March - QSAC, Brisbane, QLD
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photo Cheltenham Racecourse
Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices' Chase (Grade 1) (Class 1)
T: W P MullinsJ: R Walsh
T: N J HendersonJ: Nico de Boinville
T: H de BromheadJ: D N Russell
Sky Bet Supreme Novices' Hurdle (Grade 1) (Class 1)
T: T R GeorgeJ: N D Fehily
T: Miss Amy MurphyJ: Jack Quinlan
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Slovakian alpine skier narrowly beats Millie Knight to capture gold photo Getty Images