Rio 2016 Paralympic silver medallist Ntando Mahlangu is among the leading athletes set to compete at the inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships, which are scheduled to begin in Nottwil in Switzerland tomorrow.
The 15-year-old, who is fresh from taking the men’s 200 metres T42 silver medal at last month’s World Para Athletics Championships in London, will be aiming to claim gold in the youth men's 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump T42-47 events.
He is one of 275 athletes from 41 National Paralympic Committees vying for honours at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre.
Competition is expected to be high with 29 of the athletes who competed at London 2017 having descended on Nottwil.
Another experienced athlete set to feature is Chile’s T47 sprinter Amanda Cerna, who has already competed at one Paralympic Games and two World Championships.
"I want to qualify for the final in all my events and then try to win a medal," she said.
"It would be really nice for me."
Turkey's Muhsine Gezer took a surprising silver medal in the women's 800m T20 at London 2017 and will be hoping to extend her good run of form.
Other athletes likely to make an impact are shot put thrower Abdulmhsen Alotibi of Kuwait, longer jumper and 400m runner Damian Carcelen of Ecuador, and javelin thrower Luis Lucumi of Colombia.
The event is due to run until Sunday (August 6).
Many of the best Paralympians have competed and broke records at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre, which has hosted a World Para Athletics Grand Prix series event for four consecutive years.
It was announced in May 2015 that Nottwil would stage the first two editions of the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in 2017 and 2019.
The governing body hopes the event will enhance the development pathway for young international class athletes to progress towards regional, Championship and ultimately Paralympic level.
It will cater simultaneously for two age groups, embracing youth athletes aged between 14 and 17, as well as junior ones spanning the 18 to 19 age group.