Long-time member and icon of the Geraldton water polo scene, Daniel Prout, marked his 300th league appearance on the weekend. Prout, otherwise known as “Prouty,” has not only carved a remarkable path for himself in the water polo arena, but has also fostered a family legacy within the sport as his children Evie, Leo, and Opal all proudly don the same B52’s colours as their father, His son and league teammate, Leo Prout, could not be prouder of his dad as he celebrates his milestone. “My dad is an inspiration for our B-grade and A-grade junior teams and has taught us since we were in flipper ball,” Leo Prout said. “He’s put all his time and patience to coach our AYC and B52S teams to help us become better water polo players. “I hope to get a couple of premierships in with him. I am so proud of him and appreciate all he does for Geraldton water polo.” Sister and B52’s women’s star, Evie Prout, shares the feeling of pride for her dad. “Dad has played water polo most of his life, and to see him play his 300th game was pretty special,” she said. “I’ve watched him play ever since I was a kid, and I always look up to him as a player.” His youngest daughter, Opal, has only recently taken up the sport, a decision she puts down to the influence of her dad. “Dad has been trying to get me to play water polo for the last couple of years now and has inspired me to give it a try this year,” she said. “He has helped me improve so much already this year and I’m so so grateful for him and his help. “I look forward to some more tips and tricks, it was so amazing watching him play his 300th game.” Currently serving as the B52’s A-grade coach and AYWPC U18 boys coach, Prout’s influence extends beyond his impressive playing record. Reaching such a significant milestone is a testament to his endurance in the sport over the years. “The friendships made over the years and all the teammates I’ve shared the pool with remain close, which is one of the reasons, in my opinion, that water polo is the best sport in the world. It’s the connections we make,” he said.