THREE years after his final lap at the Whitlam Leisure Centre, former Liverpool Swimming Club member Daniel Tranter is still inspiring locals in the pool.
At the same time Tranter, 22, was setting a new Games record in the 200m individual medley, the current crop of Liverpool swimmers were eagerly following the same black line Tranter used to do on a daily basis.
Tranter's former coach Ben Tuxford gathered the whole squad to watch Tranter receive his gold medal.
"It was pretty inspiring for them to see how far he has come," Tuxford said.
"Everyone at Liverpool Swimming Club is so proud of him and it is a great stepping stone on the way to the Rio Olympics."
Tuxford, who coached Tranter for three years before he moved on the NSW Institute of Sport, said the medley has always been the former Westfields Sports High School student's forte.
He won his first national gold medal when he was 18 in the 400 individual medley.
And even though Tranter trailed at the halfway point, Tuxford knew Tranter had a secret weapon for the back half of the race.
"Breaststroke has always been his strongest leg so I knew he was going to come home strong," he said.
"As well as being a very talented swimmer he is also a hard worker and always looking to go the extra mile to see what else he can get over his competition."
There is no rest for Tranter who is straight back in the pool preparing for a head-to-head battle with Michael Phelps at Pan Pacific championships on the Gold Coast in a fortnight.
Tranter thanked everyone for their support.
"So happy to have won gold and set a new record at the Commonwealth Games. Thanks so much for the amazing support," he wrote on Twitter.