The news

More PBs and a medal at the Age Group Champs

Mon 22/May/2017

For the 20th and 21st of May the competition moved to Crystal Palace. Samantha Jackson swam in the 50m Breaststroke and Fly as well as the 100m Breaststroke and the 200IM. Samantha swam a great PB in the 100 Breaststroke. Callum Baronti also swam over a second PB in the 50 Fly which is superb for such a short event. Jess Herbert swam in the 200 IM and the 400m Freestyle. Jess swam a PB in the 200m Freestyle which got her in the final where she then swam another PB to finish 7th. She also made the final of the 100m Backstroke and finished in a fantastic 3rd place. Congratulations to our swimmers, great to see you all swimming more personal best times in the big competitions.

Tudor League Round 5

Mon 22/May/2017

On Saturday 20th our team headed to Eltham for round five of the Tudor League. The Tudor league is fast and furious starting and ending with a squadron relay and made up of four set of relays and loads of individual events. The swimmers were well behaved, cheered as always, and gave their very best which resulted in some great personal best times. The Tudor League once again provided a great evening for our swimmers to enjoy racing whilst picking up valuable experiences and having fun. We finished 7th with 203 points, congratulations to Dartford District who won this round with 292 points. The Tudor League has speed limits in events so clubs don't enter their fastest swimmers in every event and we lost a few points by picking up five. We had just two disqualifications so more practice back in the training pool. A great evening for everyone, thank you to our swimmers, coaches and our parents.

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Master Tracy smashes the record

Mon 22/May/2017

Congratulations to Kayleigh and Tracy van Rooyen who competed at the EDSC Masters Meet on Sunday 21st. Kayleigh entered the 50m Back and 50m Freestyle and finished an excellent 2nd in both events. Tracy raced almost every event on the programme. She finished in 1st place in the 200, 100 and 50m Backstroke as well as the 100m IM and finished 2nd in the 50m Fly. In the 200m Backstroke the Kent record had stood since 2009 but Tracey smashed it yesterday by an incredible 19 seconds! This was her aim for the meet and she absolutely deserves every second of that record. On the 100m back she was just 2/100th of a second off the record and also less than a second off the IM record. She is aiming for those now next time. Well done ladies!

March Jack Petchey

Thu 18/May/2017

Congratulations to Kaci Baverstock from Platinum Squad on being awarded the March Jack Petchey Achievement Award. Kaci was nominated for this commitment to swimming and always making every effort to do his best in training and at competitions, Well done Kaci.

Race Night

Thu 18/May/2017

On Sunday evening, over 80 swimmers from Tadpoles through to Chrome squad attended our ever popular Race night. This event was a great opportunity for our younger swimmers to gain experience of swimming in a competitive gala, to get some recognised times, win some medals and most importantly have lots of fun. The afternoon was very busy with lots of new swimmers and parents in attendance. We managed to finish all the races with time to spare! Many thanks to the officials, coaches, and parents who volunteered to help at this event, and of course the swimmers for behaving well and giving their best. Full results are under the Competition menu.

Open Water Season Starter

Thu 18/May/2017

On Wednesday evening in the pouring rain Matt Steere and Steve Morris, from Masters Squad, headed down to Leybourne Lakes to race in their first open water event of the year in Ocean Lake Triathlon's Aquathon Series. Both our swimmer entered the longer course, a 1.5k swim followed by a 5k run. Matt was first out of the water with a considerable lead followed by Steve. After a slippery transition, due to the conditions, the guys set out on the puddle covered course which was twice around the lake. Matt won the event with Steve dropping one position during the run and finishing third. Well done both of you and thanks to Kerry Morris who came down to stand in the rain and support,

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Billy Awarded by GLL sports foundation

Thu 18/May/2017

On Wednesday evening Billy Birchmore from Top Squad was with paralympic medalist Amy Marren at the London Aquatic Centre collecting their achievement awards from GLL Sports Foundation. Amy supports Downs syndrome swimmers fight to become part of the paralympic movement, these two world champions are a real credit to disability swimming. The GLL Sport Foundation is an organisation operated by Charitable Social Enterprise GLL to support talented athletes across the UK. The GLL Sport Foundation was born, launched in 2008 with the support of Sally Gunnell OBE who became the Foundation’s Patron. Since its inception the Foundation has provided over 10,600 athlete award bursaries totalling over £6.1 million of support. (Photo from the Down Syndrome Swimming GB Facebook account)

GLL Sports Foundation

PB's all round at the Age Group Champs (11, 12, 13, 14yrs)

Sun 14/May/2017

Congratulations to our swimmers racing again at the London Aquatic Centre this weekend. Callum Baronti swam a PB in the 100 Fly, Samantha Jackson swam a PB in the 200m Breaststroke, Ben Langdown swam a PB in the 50 Backstroke and Justin Stover swam a PB in the 200 Backstroke. Well done to Jess Herbert who made the finals in the 50 and 200 Backstroke finishing 6th and 7th and swam a PB in the 200 Fly and the 400IM.

April Jack Petchey

Tue 09/May/2017

Congratulations to Sophia O'Neill on receiving the Jack Petchey Award for April. Sophia was nominated for her continual willingness to train hard in Gold Squad to achieve all her goals. Her investment in training has paid dividends with the results she has recently achieved. Well done Sophia.

Morgan qualifies for European Biathle Championships

Mon 01/May/2017

Congratulations to Morgan Squibb from Platinum squad who was racing at the weekend in Cheltenham at the Sandford Parks Lido for a place on the GB Biathle Team for the European Championships. Morgan qualified in style by winning the event and in doing so has secured her place in Portugal this summer.

More photos of Morgan in action

Weekend racing at the Youth Champs (15, 16, 17yrs+)

Mon 01/May/2017

The Bank Holiday weekend saw our eight of our older swimmers racing over all three days at the London Aquatic Centre. They were Clio Bacon, Lilli Cutajar, Samuel Gaster, Ellie Harden, William Magee-Brown, Katie Napier, Nam Nguyen and Ben Strover. From the 28 events entered we had 20 PB's, 11 top ten finishes, 7 finals reached and 1 medal. Ben Strover was off to a great start for the weekend winning the silver medal in the 1500m Freestyle in 17:43.11 and finished the weekend making the 200 Backstroke final and finished 8th. Ellie made two finals finishing 10th in the 100 Backstroke and 9th in the 200. Clio made an impressive four finals over the weekend. She finished 4th in the 50 Freestyle, 5th in the 200 Breaststroke and 6th in the both the 100 Breaststroke and 50 Breaststroke. All of Ben's swims placed him 6th in the Top Male in age group D(17 and over) and all of Clio's swims placed her 9th in the Top Female age group C(16). Congratulations to all our swimmers, another great weekend of racing. Full results are under the Competition menu.

Some photos from the event are here

White Horse League

Wed 26/Apr/2017

On Saturday 22nd April the team headed to Dagenham for the White Horse League. The team arrived early, gathered round and checked out the schedule and got the Ojays tattoos on. Once ready, we embarrassed our birthday swimmers by standing them on the wall with a balloon each and sang Happy birthday. Daniella 18, Ben 13 and Sophia 11. The announcer later embarrassed them again, which was really nice and they received a big cheer from the gallery. With the celebrations done, it was down to business. As always the swimmers cheered and supported each other and we had some great swims; some a little too good, breaking the upper limit and therefore giving us no points. Sadly there were a few DQ’s for technical errors which need to be worked on for future competitions. We finished 4th in this round with the traditional OJAYS CHEER and with two more rounds to go we have everything to swim for. Thank you as always to everyone who helps and officiates, the swimmers for behaving well and giving their best and of course to the parents for spending their evening driving swimmers around and cheering loudly.