Trinity Swim Club gets the gold
Trinity was one of only 33 clubs to receive a gold ranking after a review of its entire operation by the sport's governing body.
Head coach Ken Malcolm said the gold rating was a huge coup for any club from a regional area.
“To get it, everything in the club has to be spot on,” he said.
“To have it is a big deal. It means your club is growing and performing. It really shows you're doing everything right.”
Swimming Australia, which oversees 1000 swimming clubs, reviews all clubs annually according to their coaching staff, growth, the Learn to Swim program, and the results achieved by the swimmers in competitions.
From the reviews, clubs are awarded gold, silver, bronze or green ratings according to their standards.
The gold award marks a continued improvement by the club, which scored bronze in its first year in 2006, and silver in 2007.
The 2008 season has begun well for the swimming club, which last month had 63 swimmers compete in the Far North Coast Winter Sprint carnival.
At this event, the club's swimmers recorded personal best times in 96 per cent of their events which saw the club retain the prestigious Far North Coast Winter Sprint Shield for the third consecutive year.
Head coach Ken Malcolm was also recently awarded a full scholarship by Swimming NSW which allows him to travel and attend training clinics with Olympic coaches.
In 2007, Lismore Trinity was the seventh largest swimming club in New South Wales with 300 competitive swimming members travelling from as far as Evans Head, Kyogle and Casino.
In its first two years of existence the club has boasted remarkable results under the tutelage of Malcolm and assistant coach Shaun Colby.