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British Schools Modern Biathlon Champs

Tue 28/Mar/2017

On Saturday 25th at Crystal Palace, Morgan Squibb, from Platinum squad, competed in the British Schools Modern Biathlon Championship. In order to compete at this event Morgan had to achieve qualifying times from heats held around the country held in the last quarter of 2016. The Biathlon is a swim followed by a run and for Morgan's age group the distances were 100m and 1600m. Morgan produced fantastic PBs in both disciplines on the day finishing in 2nd place, beating 85 other athletes! Congratulations Morgan on a great result and for producing the two PBs on the day!

February Jack Petchey

Fri 24/Mar/2017

Congratulations to Amie Lawrence on receiving the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for February. Amie was nominated for her excellent achievements in the Kent County Championships this year. Her hard work has paid off with the recent results that she has achieved.

February Swimmer of the Month

Wed 22/Mar/2017

Congratulations to the following swimmers from each squad to be awarded Swimmer of the Month for February, Sheena Akende - Silver Lilli Cutajar - Top Alice Magee-Brown - Bronze Sam Ryan - Chrome Morgan Squibb - Platinum Hannah Strover - Gold Samyukta Vinod-Kumar - New Bronze

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ASA 11 year-old Development Pathway

Mon 20/Mar/2017

Congratulations to Rebecca Kearney and Amie Lawrence who have been selected for the ASA 11 year-old Development Pathway camp. The camps are based across Kent with the first camp on 23rd April followed by the July camp in the early part of July and the final one on 29th October.

Development Camp

Mon 20/Mar/2017

On 4th March 2017 The Kent Development Camp was held at Medway Park. The team was made up from Kent swimmers and 3 were from Orpington Ojays. Congratulations to Leah Collier, Lucy Glossop and Nam Nguyen who were selected based on the points achieved at the Kent Development meet which was held in October 2016.

Tudor League

Mon 20/Mar/2017

The Tudor League is a new league for the club aimed at swimmers who have not yet been to the Kent championships. We had 3 days notice to get a team together and join the league after another club was unable to attend. Thank you to Lorraine Harden who worked her charm, phoning around and rallying the team. Our enthusiastic group of young swimmers, many who have not represented the club before, arrived at Eltham pool on Saturday night. The league made us very welcome announcing our arrival to the gallery. The night had a different feel to other galas with two squadron relays, plus four sets of relays, split with individual events. Our swimmers did themselves proud, some great results, racing with everything they had, cheering each other on. Despite race day nerves and a few goggle malfunctions we finished in 7th place. There are three more galas in the league to be raced. A great night for our young swimmers was finished with the Ojay’s cheer, the first time for most, but they were as loud as the senior members of the club. Thank you to all those who ensured a the smooth running of a wonderful evening. The future is bright.

OOJSC and EDSC Charity Gala

Sun 19/Mar/2017

As many of you know, for a while now Orpington Ojays and Erith have run a charity gala at some point through the year. Ben and Sam's choice of Cancer Research had the highest votes so all the money raised from the Gala went to it. This gala was also a great chance for our swimmers to achieve new PB's after the continuous amount of training they do. It was a weekend where we saw new swimmers compete for the first time and plenty of new PB's; we hope to see more of this next time. Orpington Ojays finished second in the medals table behind Romford Town. We had 30 golds, 18 silvers and 17 bronzes. Thank you to the parents, officials and coaches.

Results

Kent 2017, weekend no. 2

Tue 07/Mar/2017

The second weekend of competitions opened with the boys 100 fly with Callum and Billy proudly representing Orpington Ojays. Great performances from both with Callum beating his 50 meter pb in the first half of the race and finishing just off his personal best which is a great result after being off sick for a long time. Welcome back Callum! A great performance also from Billy who paced his 100 perfectly and finished on pb achieving bronze in his category. Afterwards it was time for the girls 200 free where Samantha Jackson, Alice Bennett, Jess Herbert and Daniella Shipley paced their races well swimming and gaining pbs. Congratulations to Jess Herbert who achieved fourth in her age group. The Saturday afternoon session continued with the girls 100 free. Well done to our girls Sophia O'Neill, Amie Lawrence, Samantha Jackson, Jess Herbert and Daniella Shipley who gave it all in this difficult and popular event achieving pb's in every race. Congratulations also to Amie Lawrence and Sophia O'Neill and Daniella Shipley who had the chance to better their pb's even more finishing 3rd, 7th and 8th respectively in their age group. Finishing the afternoon session was Noah Saunders who swam his first 200 fly long course pacing it well not far off his short course pb. On the following day there were many more good swims to entertain the crowd. First on the block for 100 breaststroke were Callum Baronti and Michael Phillips improving their 50 and 100 meters best times. Girls 100 backstroke was next with Sophia O'Neill who just missed her final but happy to have improved by 3 seconds on her converted entry time. Samantha Jackson, Anna Cvjetan, Rachel Langdown and Ellie harden swam the same event improving their long course pbs. Great performance for Jess Herbert to finishing with the third fastest time in her age group but unfortunate to get dq at the turn. Massive pb nonetheless! The last session of the weekend continued with the girls 100 breaststroke with many pbs swum by Rebecca Kearney, Abigail Saunders, Samantha Jackson, Anna Hawkins, Katie Napier and Clio bacon. More to come in the final with Abigail Saunders who had the chance to swim her first final in the 10/11 combined age group finishing 8th and improving her pb once again. Tension built up for Clio in her final who unfortunately despite the great swim was disqualified for a false start. The last event of the weekend saw our boys Nam Nguyen and Ben Strover swimming 200 backstroke improving their long course pb. A great weekend. Well done everyone.

Round one of the White Horse League

Mon 06/Mar/2017

Our team of swimmers arrived promptly at Eltham Pool on Saturday night to get prepared and stretch for a gala starts with relays, then some individual events and then finishes with some more relays. Orpington was drawn in lane and we produced a fantastic team effort from some of our youngest swimmers to our more senior ones. The Swimmers were loud, proud and cheered each and every event. The final relays took the roof off and we all left with no hearing or voices left. We finished the night with our traditional OJAYS cheer and a THIRD place position. Two more rounds to go and hopefully we can build on that. Well done Team Ojays

January Swimmers of the Month

Wed 22/Feb/2017

Congratulations to our swimmers of the month for January. Top - Nam Nguyen Platinum - Ella Norwood Gold - Amie Lawrence Silver - Abigail Saunders Chrome - Louis Taylor Bronze - Abbie Moyes New Bronze - Safiyah Ismail

January Jack Petchey

Tue 21/Feb/2017

Congratulations to Rebecca Kearney on receiving the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for January. Rebecca was nominated for her excellent achievements in the Kent County Championships this year. Her hard work has paid off with the recent results that she has achieved. Well done Rebecca

Robbie Renwick and Michael Jamieson Inspire All

Sat 18/Feb/2017

On Thursday of half term, Robbie Renwick and Michael Jamieson hosted a swimming session for our swimmers. The session consisted of an hour land training, two hours in the pool and an hour of talk and questions. As expected it was a great success with our swimmers picking up loads of tips and insights into what it takes to achieve dreams on the biggest stage. The boys brought their medals from London 2012 and Rio 2016 with them to show everyone, and it's surprising at just how heavy they are. A big thank you to the chaps and to Helen for sorting out such an amazing day that will be remembered by all those who attended for a very long time. (There are more photos still to be uploaded)

Photos from the day