Much is at stake. For some this is a license of being crowned a South African champion.

For others it provides an opportunity to qualify for the IAAF World Youth Championships, to be held in Ostrava in the Czech Republic, between 11-15 July this year.

This goal that will presumably fill the minds of the 700-plus youth athletes who will be coming to Tshwane, from ASA’s 17 provinces.

Just as in the senior championships, Athletics South Africa (ASA) will be using these championships as trials to select the SA team to the IAAF World Youth Championships.

All athletes who place in the top two of their respective events within the IAAF Qualification standards, will be named in the provisional team for the world youth championships.

It will be a tough task though, as the required standards set out by the IAAF are high.

The SA championships start on Friday 13 April and finish on Saturday 14 April.