AUSTRALIAN junior squad member Isaac Jones is Warrnambool Swimming Club’s youngest life member.
Club officials awarded Jones life membership at their end-of-season presentation night on Saturday.
The honour comes after the club changed its eligibility criteria to fall in line with governing body Swimming Victoria.
Swimmers are eligible for life membership of their club if they have competed at six consecutive national championships.
Jones, who won silver at world junior championships in Dubai in August, met the criteria, sparking the historic accolade. His coach Jayson Lamb said he was “really happy” for the former Emmanuel College student.
“He’s put in a lot of work. It’s quite fitting,” Lamb said.
“No matter where he goes, what he does, he’ll still always have a piece of us with him.”
Lamb had high praise for the way Jones carried himself at the presentation night.
Jones also won the high-performance award, was the 16 and over boys’ club champion and took out a coach’s award.
Among other award winners were Rachel Vickery, Jane Fenton and Caitlyn Mackay, who also won coaches’ awards.
Mitchell Gristede was the most improved swimmer at the club while Meg Flaherty was the most consistent.
The age group champions were: Nine years — Jas Lang and Catherine Ragg; 10-11 years — Robert Gleeson and Jane Fenton; 12-13 years -—Mitchell Gristede and Emily Bartlett; 14-15 years — Blake Turner and Meg Flaherty; 16 years and over — Isaac Jones and Caitlyn Mackay.