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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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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!

Ocean Lake Tri Aquathlon

Thu 10/May/2018

On Wednesday evening Matt Steere and Charlotte Fisher from Masters squad competed in the first of four Ocean Lake Tri Aquathlons at Leybourne Lakes. Matt was first out of the water from the 1500m swim in 19 minutes 14 seconds; Charlotte was second out in 21 minutes 19 seconds. Matt held the lead through the 5k run to win the event overall and Charlotte was the first female home and 5th overall. Matt's run time was 19 minutes 40 seconds and Charlotte's was 22 minutes 54 seconds. Charlotte did beat Matt in transition though removing her wetsuit and putting on shoes in 51 seconds compared to Matt's 56 seconds. Congratulations and well done to you both.

Tonbridge Sprint Triathlon

Mon 07/May/2018

Congratulations to Gina from Masters squad who competed in the Tonbridge Sprint Triathlon on the Bank Holiday. Gina beat all her targets, knocking nearly 10mins off of last yrs times and came away with the fastest 750m swim time overall in 5 mins 48 seconds, 5th female overall and 2nd place in her age category out of 28.

London Regionals - Day 3

Mon 07/May/2018

Bank Holiday Monday was the final day of the youth London Regionals. Our swimmers once again showed what all the hard training they do with Justin, Max, Alice, Callum, Ellie, Micheal, Ben, Clio, and Rachel all swimming personal best times. The girls relay teams were in action this morning in the 400m medley. A very exciting race with great sportsmanship and team rivalry between team A and B with team A just pinching the win. We had swimmers in then men’s 400m free, 200m back, 50m breaststroke and the 100m free. Success was shown with 6 of our swimmers making a final, Alice in the 50m Breaststroke and 200m backstroke and Ellie, Rachel, Max, Ben and Clio in 100m Freestyle with Rachel, Clio and Ben improving their times from the heat. All in all a successful Bank Holiday weekend Regionals with some great swims plus a supportive and inclusive team spirit to be proud of. Well done and thanks to swimmers, coaches and the hot parents and supporters in the gallery. Thanks to Matilda once again for the photo. The next two weekends move onto the age group regionals. Good luck to all who are racing and good luck to the youth with their GCSEs and A levels.

London Regionals - Day 2

Mon 07/May/2018

It was another hot one at the London Aquatic Centre and the morning session was just the Strover boys. Ben going in the 400IM and Justin in the new boy's event - the 800m free. In the afternoon there was the men’s 100m fly, 50m back, 50m free, men’s 200m IM and 100m breaststroke. The 50m back was a fabulous race with 3 of our boys in same heat; always a great sight to see lots of purple hats. Congratulations to Callum for taking the spoils. Congratulations also to from Ben, Justin, Callum and Max for achieving Personal Best times and also to Ellie Michael, Clio, Abi, Alethea and Alice who were on or around their best. Great swims were rewarded with more finalists; Ellie and Callum in 50m Back, Clio in the 50m Free and Alice in the 100m Breaststroke. Well done swimmers, supporters and of course coaches; great job!

London Regionals - Day 1

Sat 05/May/2018

It's one of those rare Bank Holiday weekends with sunshine and clear blue skies. For some of our 15 and over swimmers though it's the clear blue waters of the London Aquatic Centre for this weekend. Today we had the Men’s 1500m, 14-16 Women Freestyle Relay - 2 teams, 100m Back, 200m Breaststroke, 50m Fly & Men’s 200m Free. The fantastic feeling of swimming in this amazing pool always inspires some impressive swims. We had a great battle in the girl's relay with team A just getting the win. Big PBs from Justin Strover & Max Peel, Alice Leng & Ben Strover making the final in 200m Breaststroke and 200m Freestyle ensuring our team stayed for the full programme! Well done to all the swimmers, and as always a massive thank you to the supporters and all who make these events possible and to Matilda for the photo. Two more days of racing to come.

Race Night

Thu 03/May/2018

On Sunday our youngest swimmers came together at Eltham Eric Liddell centre to experience, for some, their first gala. The programme of events included all four strokes and they were swum over 25m and 50m distances. Many of our young swimmers were nervous (as were the parents and supporters) but under the guidance of our older swimmers and our coaches, they took to the pool to race. The swimmers had some great swims, made lots of new memories and realised it’s not too scary. They left the pool with smiles on their faces and a little more relaxed having learnt lots more about how a gala works. Well done to all the swimmers and thank you to all the volunteers, coaches and parents. We look forward to seeing you all at the next event with your supporters and hopefully some poolside volunteering.

London Mini Marathon

Thu 03/May/2018

Zoe White, Olivia Magee Brown, Cara Gould and Justin Strover all represented Bromley in the London Mini Marathon. An exciting day running the last 3 miles of the London marathon course against the best from around the country, finishing on the flag-lined Mall. Well done to you all.

T21 200m Backstroke World Record

Wed 25/Apr/2018

Congratulations to Billy Birchmore who has put his name to another World Record in the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation’s European Open. Billy won four Golds along with the World Record in the 200m Backstroke in 2:45.23 and the European Record in the 100m Individual Medley in 1:19.20. His other two Gold medals came in the 50m Backstroke and the 50m Freestlye. Amazing swims once again Billy!