THEY say size doesn't matter and for the Suva Stingrays Swimming Club, the statement rings true.
The club fielded 21 swimmers in the 2012 National Swimming Championships and came in fourth, winning 56 gold, 29 silver and 25 bronze medals at the three-day event earlier this month in Nadi.
The grand total of 110 medals was the biggest win for the club since its inception in 2008.
Club president Fernando Lobendahn said they had over 50 active members of 6 to 14-year-old children. He said this year's achievement was massive compared to last year's performance where they won only 30 medals.
"Our swimmers' performance at the recent Short Course National Swimming Championships has been absolutely awesome," he said.
"For a small club, we have achieved a lot in securing a total of 110 medals from a squad of 21 swimmers, many of whom have just taken up swimming within the past year."
Lobendahn said the club was committed in developing the young swimmers.
He said they valued their swimmers and involved them in charitable activities to help the less fortunate ones.
"Earlier this year the club held a swim-a-thon where the club donated 10 per cent of all funds raised from the swim-a-thon to less fortunate swimmers within the club to ensure that they continue with the sport, the year before the club donated towards the Walu Bay Boy's Centre.
"We like to develop wholesome children in our club and therefore have organised activities that will benefit those who are less fortunate."
Lobendahn thanked the coaches, parents and sponsors for helping in the growth of the club.