The news

Para Swimming

Mon 18/Jun/2018

Orpington Ojays SC is very pleased to have been named Kent Para Swimming Club 2018 at the recent Kent Swimming Annual Council Meeting. Here is Chair, Helen Magee-Brown, receiving the award from President John Burdett. We are delighted to have received this award in its inaugural year and thanks to the coaching team for their work in supporting disability swimmers.

Kent Annual Dinner

Mon 18/Jun/2018

Our volunteers attended the Kent County ASA Annual Dinner on Friday. The dinner was hosted by the Kent Chairman John Burdett at Birchwood Park and Country Club. A lovely evening and great to hear how well Kent is doing; not only in swimming but all the water-based disciplines, such as synchro, water polo, diving etc.

White Oak Tri

Mon 11/Jun/2018

Congratulations to Gina from Masters squad who competed in the White Oak Tri at the weekend. A pool-based event consisting of a 400m swim, 22k cycle and a 5k run. Gina finished the swim in age group first place in 7:34, the cycle in 44:14 and the run in 26:00. A great effort which landed her the trophy for the 1st female in her age group and the 4th female overall.

Kent Junior League

Sun 10/Jun/2018

Saturday night saw our young swimmers heading to Strood for the next round of the Kent Junior League. Strood is a cosy pool with the spectators really close to the action that makes for a great atmosphere. Eve Peel set the tone for the evening with a win in the first race, the 100m IM. The rest of the team followed her lead and all raced incredibly well. The KJL is an excellent event and it's always nice to see our younger swimmers getting over their nerves, learning about competitions and making swim buddies for years to come. Sam Ryan, Louis Taylor, Ava Hickey, Charlotte Field and Lilia Fornasier all swam up an age group whilst also swimming their own age group! The swimmers finished the evening exhausted on the Orpington Ojays cheer and a fabulous win with 284 points, 44 in front of second place. Congratulations to the entire team and thank you to all the parents, swimmers, coaches, team managers and officials on the night.

OLT Aquathlon 2

Wed 06/Jun/2018

Congratulations to our Masters squad Open Water swimmers Gina Charleton, Charlotte Fisher, Steve Morris and Matt Steere who competed in the second Ocean Lake Tri Aquathlon of the season. Gina swam the 750m course in 13:39 and then completed the 5k run 23:09 placing her 8th overall. Steve and Charlotte both opted for the 1500m swim with Charlotte leading Steve out and finishing the swim in 22:15 with Steve close behind in 22:40. Steve caught Charlotte on the run and finished the 5k in 22:15 placing him 3rd overall and Charlotte's 23:26 run brought her home in 4th overall. Matt pulled out of the event after the swim, as he has a race at the weekend, and so sadly didn't get a recorded time.

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Judge Level 1

Sun 03/Jun/2018

Special congratulations to Myra Brown on becoming a full fledge J1. Competitive swimming relies on many volunteer roles to be filled in order for all the swimmers from all the clubs to enjoy training and competition. Judge Level 1 is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. Well done Myra and great news for the club.

Officials Qualifications & Training

White Horse League - Round 3

Sun 03/Jun/2018

For round three the team travelled to Dagenham arriving promptly in team colours, looking professional and ready to go. The swimmers wanted to do well and were determined to win back second place. After the first round of relays we were sat in 4th place but the team hungered for more. The energy on poolside was exciting with the swimmers supporting each other at the end of the lane and at the side of the pool. In the spectator galley were our parents and supporters cheering them on. The evening was full of great racing, with many great performances and an all-round superb team effort. There were some incredibly tight races and some sheer class. Our night ended with a very loud team cheer, with exhausted but pleased swimmers, with overheated coaches, officials, team managers and supporters. The efforts of everyone ensured a very nice SECOND PLACE overall to take us into the final round. Congratulations everyone for a great evening of sport.

Golds Galore for Billy

Sun 27/May/2018

Billy flew out to Kosovo last week to compete in their first Down Syndrome European Open Swimming Competition. After missing Regionals due to injury, Billy was back on top form and came home with seven gold medals. The 50m, 100m and 200m Free. The 50m and 100m Back. The 50 Fly and a relay. Congratulations Billy on another brilliant meet.

Regionals Last Weekend

Wed 23/May/2018

For the last weekend of Regionals the action moved to Crystal Palace and once again our team put out 100% effort. Sophia started us off with a PB in the 100m Back and finished as the first reserve for the final. Hannah Strover also swam a massive PB in the 100m Back that put her in the final where she finished 7th in her age group. Amie Lawrence and Sophia O’Neill both made the final in the 200m Freestyle finishing 4th and 7th respectively. We also had great swims around PB's for Jess Herbert in the 100m Back, 400m Freestyle, 200m Back and 200m Freestyle; Matilda Barrett in the 400m Freestyle, 200m IM and 200m Freestyle; Samantha Jackson in the 50m and 100m Breaststroke and 200m IM; Sophia O’Neill in the 200m IM; Sam Ryan in the 50m Fly and 100m Back; and, Ben Langdown in the 100m Back. A great weekend and great regionals for both youths and age group. Many good swims loud cheering and fun on poolside. As always thanks to the swimmers, parents and officials who once again have been great supporters.

Five Gold Medals at EDSC Open Masters Meet

Mon 21/May/2018

At the EDSC Open Masters Meet, Crook Log was like a furnace with the water temperature up to 30 degree Celsius. Tracy van Rooyen meet up with ex Masters swimmer Kayleigh Knocker and managed to escape the heat of the centre on chilling on an exterior fire escape platform and a lovely grassy embankment. After a great catch up it was time for the girls to race Kayleigh won age group Gold in the 50m back and Silvers in the 50m free and 100m IM. Tracey won a fantastic 4 Golds - the 200IM to go with the full house of 50m, 100m and 200m back. The 200m events were also recorded as 2 golds for Kent County Champs 2018 and Tracey smashed the 200IM Kent County record by 23 seconds! Congratulation ladies on a very successful day of racing!

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Tudor League

Sat 19/May/2018

Another great success for Orpington Ojays in the last round of the Tudor League held at Eltham Pools where our swimmers showed great support and great effort in their swims. There were many good swims with lots of PBs throughout the evening. Our chant concluded the gala and we came 5th in the event and 6th overall. Enthusiasm and improvements have been shown throughout the 4 of the 5 galas we participated in, improving one position per gala. Many new swimmers were introduced to competitive swimming making parents and coaches proud more and more at each gala. Team spirit driven by our captains was great and so loud it made Damian sound quiet! A great thank you goes to officials, parents and organisers who help in making these events so enjoyable.

Regionals weekend 2 – Age Group

Tue 15/May/2018

Another great weekend once again at the Olympic Park in Stratford for the second weekend of regionals and the first for age group swimmers. Orpington Ojays was well represented by our swimmers with great swims, pb's, finals and cake too! Well done to Amie Lawrence, Samantha Jackson, Jess Herbert, Sam Ryan, Ben Langdown, Sophia O’Neill and Matilda Barrett for their great performance. Congratulations for making the finals to Jess Herbert achieving Bronze in the 200m Backstroke and 10th in the 200m Fly; Sam Ryan who was 5th in the 200m Back and 6th in the 50m Back; Sophia O’Neill who was 9th in the 200m Back, and 10th in the 50m Back; and Samantha Jackson in the 200m Breaststroke. A great day of competitions accompanied by great team spirit and loud parents cheering as usual and not forgetting Matilda’s cake!