WAGGA Wagga Water Polo president Josh Paul says they've put themselves in a strong position to be allocated further big ticket events after they hosted the NSW Junior Country Club Championships on the weekend.
Over 300 players converged on Wagga for the event, with the Bidgeegators' capitalising on home pool advantage by winning the under-14 boys title, as well as making the final of the under-14 girls and the under-16 girls semi finals.
"I think we've impressed everyone from the other associations and NSW Water Polo, they've said it's one of the best championships they've ever seen hosted," Wagga Water Polo president Josh Paul said.
"We have the best facilities in regional NSW, if not the country. We've shown we can put on events like this and we've definitely put our name in the books for future championships."
Paul said their success in the pool, particularly in the younger under-14 age group was testament to their increased focus on nurturing juniors the past few years.
"Sometimes you forget it's the juniors that make a club and an association successful. Building that up has been a focus for a few years now, and it's obviously paying off," he said.
"Normally when we've sent teams away for junior country championships it's a rite of passage for Wagga to be beaten by quite a considerable margin every game.
"To get two under-14 teams in a gold medal match and take one out for the first time in Wagga history in incredible, and to do it while we're hosting the event is even better.
"It's the coaching and development of them, and giving them the confidence they can beat these other teams."