The news

200m Club Champs

Thu 16/Nov/2017

Well done to all our swimmers competing at Club Championships on Sunday. We saw many more swimmers challenging the 200 meters events which is a good indication of improvements as a club and as individuals, achieving pbs as well as Kent consideration and qualifying times. The next one includes the boys 1500m Freestyle and the girls 400 Individual Medley. Good luck everyone.

Arena League Round Two

Mon 13/Nov/2017

On Saturday 11th November we travelled to Crawley K2 for the second round of the Arena League. All our swimmers were all in high spirits, racing friends from local clubs and the winter training campers meeting their new friends again from Hastings Seagull. We had some great results and PBs and a special mention to Michael who smashed the minute for the first time on 100m free. Great to see the winter training camp paying dividends again for the second weekend in a row. Final results placed us 4th which is a two place improvement on last year. Crawley 245 Hastings 213 South Croydon 163 Orpington Ojays 148 Bromley B 145 Ashford 133 We swam hard, cheered loud and thanks as always to officials, team managers, Sergio, parents and friends.

Winter Regionals

Mon 06/Nov/2017

Normally a short course competition, this year the two day Winter Regionals was held at the London Aquatic Centre, making it a long course meet. Just two months into the season this is a tough meet against the best in London. Clio Bacon, Ellie Harden, Jess Herbert and Ben Strover were in all 4 sessions and they were joined by Callum Baronti, Lilli Cutajar, Anna Cvjetan, Amie Lawrence, Rachel Langdown, Katie Napier and Nam Nguyen all ready to race. Over the two long days they gave each other advice on swimming and maths GCSE homework, ate snacks, giggled, gave massages, chatted to friends from other clubs, chatted to Michael Jamieson who was there with some swimmers (2012 Olympic Silver 200 Breaststroke winner) and cheered encouragement. Most races were on or around their personal bests with Jess, Ben, Clio, Callum and Rachel achieving those precious new PB'S. Jess had an incredible meet achieving four PB's and Ben made the 200 back final and achieved 4th in the 1500m. Clio ensured her place in Edinburgh. Callum blasted a very strong 100m breaststroke and Rachel relished her place in the golden lane. When it didn’t go quite as they wanted or expected they all analysed it and moved on, showing great team work. Thanks goes to Sergio, parents and family members, but most of all to the swimmers who conducted themselves brilliantly in and out of the pool.

Billy is European Champion

Sat 04/Nov/2017

Congratulations to Billy Birchmore who recently competed in the DSISO European Championships. Billy was once again on top form and on the first day made the 200m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke finals and won both easily. On the second day, he won the 200m Individual Medley and the 100m Backstroke. Following a well-earned rest day, Billy returned to the pool and once again made the finals in the 50m Freestyle and the 100m Individual Medley and once again won them both. He also won the 200m Backstroke and the 100m Freestyle bring his total number of gold medals to 8. With his two Silver medals adding to his points total, Billy was crowned the European Champion. An amazing meet Billy, fantastic swimming.

Kent Development Meet

Mon 30/Oct/2017

Congratulations to all our swimmers who competed at the weekend at the Kent Development Meet at Medway Park. Over two days and four sessions our swimmers put their training into their racing to come away with a fantastic haul of medals and PBs. In the 10 years age group Thomas Barrett won Gold in the 100m Backstroke, Silver in the 50m Breaststroke and Bronze in the 100m Individual Medley, the 100m Freestyle and the 100m Breastroke. Also in the 10 years age group Emily Serafini won Gold in the 50m Butterfly, the 100m Butterfly and the 50m Freestyle, Silver in the 100m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 100m Freestyle. In the 11 years age group Sophia O'Neill won Gold in the 200m Breaststroke, the 100m Breaststroke, the 100m Butterfly and the 200m Individual Medley and Silver in the 200m Butterfly. Hugo Tonks, also in the 11 years age group, won Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. In the 12 years age group Eve Peel Gold in the 200m Backstroke, the 200m Freestyle and the 100m Individual Medley and won Silver in the 200m Breaststroke. Also in the 12 years age group Ellie Blaney won Gold in the 100m Breaststroke, Niccolo Cavasino won Bronze in the 100m Freestyle and Ellie Brown won Silver in the 100m Freestyle and the 100m Butterfly and Bronze in the 50m Butterfly. In the 13 years age group Christy Barker won Gold in the 50m Butterfly and Katie Gough won Bronze in the 200m Breaststroke. In the 14 years age group Milly Whitehead won Gold in the 200m Individual Medley and the 50m Backstroke and Silver in the 100m Backstroke. Max Peel won Gold in the 100m Individual Medley, the 50m Butterfly and the 100m Breaststroke and Silver in the 50m Breaststroke. Radha Gollapudy won Gold in the 50m Butterfly and the 100m Individual Medley. Sheena Akende won Silver in the 100m Individual Medley and Bronze in the 50m Breaststroke. The girls 10/11 years 200m Freestyle relay team won Silver and the boys 10/11 years 200m Medley relay team won Gold and the 200m Medley Team won Silver. The girls 12/14 years 200m Freestyle relay team won Bronze and the 200m Medley Team won Silver. The mixed 10/11 years 200m Freestyle relay team won Bronze. The mixed 12/14 years 200m Medley relay team won Silver and the 200m Freestyle Team won Gold. An amazing weekend of swimming!

Barcelona Training Camp

Sun 29/Oct/2017

For the October half term, seventeen of our swimmers attended an intense training camp in Calella Barcelona. They stayed in a 4-star hotel which was a two-minute walk away from the 50m 10 lane outdoor pool in the Crol Centre. The Crol Centre is one of the best training facilities in Europe and also includes a fully equipped weights gym and spa. Our swimmers had eleven 2 hour sessions in the pool along with two gym sessions and a spin class. Each swim session was preceded with a 10-15 minute stretch and land-based warm-up which was led by the captains. Whilst not training the swimmers enjoyed the beach and sea, which was also a two-minute walk away, bowling, crazy golf, standup boarding, a banana boat ride, a quiz, a spa evening, some shopping and a very diverse talent show. We finished the week with no serious injuries or issues having trained extremely hard and behaved and conducted ourselves at the high standard we all expect. A great camp that they can be proud of. There are numerous photos in the gallery and I'll put some more up later today. Thank you very much to Karen and all those involved for the last 14 months to plan, coordinate and make this fantastic week possible.

Arena League - Round one

Sun 15/Oct/2017

On Saturday night our team headed to Cook Log for the first round of the Arena League. Six tough teams arrived to race hard in what was a very hot pool, especially for the spectators. The races started with 200IM for our open men and women then lots of individual events sandwiched between age group relays. Our team arrived ready to race, with enthusiasm and determination from our youngest swimmer to our oldest. It was fantastic to welcome new and returning members to the team. It is not often that a coach races and Platinum enjoyed seeing their coach race; that is what being part of a team is all about. We finished in 5th place which is a one place improvement on last year. The evening ended hot, happy and with no voices, with all the swimmers and spectators screaming support for the exciting last two relays and the traditional Ojays Cheer. Thanks as always to all the swimmers, parents, coaches, officials and volunteers. Round two is on 11th November

Season Starter

Sun 08/Oct/2017

On Sunday 2nd October Orpington Ojays held our annual Open Meet. We had a fantastic turn out in Gillingham from swimmers throughout the club swimming many, many races. The coaches programs were turned green and orange with the amount of highlighter pen used to mark our team. From the start of racing, the personal bests started rolling in and that’s how the day continued. We had swimmer after swimmer getting out of the pool with a big smile. As the results were processed the jangle of medals and county qualifying times spread through the team. As well as the individual achievements the points were stacking up in the top club competition which we won! Orpington Ojays scored 196 followed by Erith with 129 and then Maidstone and Black Lion both on 115. It was also great to see swimmers from Beachfield, Sevenoaks and a lone member of Bromley. Thank you to all the swimmers who swam and of course to their friends and family for their support, the committee and volunteers who worked hard to ensure the gala ran smoothly and was another great success and of course the officials who kept an eye on our strokes, turns and recorded those precious times, many of them don’t have children still swimming.

Gold and Silvers for Tracy

Sun 08/Oct/2017

Congratulations to Tracy van Rooyen who was racing at the South East Masters Short Course competition in Guildford this weekend. Tracy won Gold in the 100IM but was beaten into Silver by the current World Champion in the 50 Fly and the 50m and 100m Back. Great swims and results.

Amanda Raises Over £1000 for Macmillan

Sun 01/Oct/2017

Congratulations to Amanda Jackson from Masters Squad who during the last weekend of September swam in the All Out Swim to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care. Although a sunny day, the swim took place in the unheated Brockwell Lido and Amanda, along with ex-Orpington swimmer Yvette Reader, said it was very cold 2km. The best thing to do in a cold pool of course is to swim fast to generate body heat, which Amanda did and that led her to finish the 2k in 1st place. Amazing swimming and an amazing total.

Just Giving

Hever Castle Tri

Thu 28/Sep/2017

Congratulations to Cara Gould and Amie Gould from Silver Squad who competed in the Hever Castle Triathlon at the weekend. Amie finished in a very impressive 5th position, out of 223, in the 8-10 years and Cara finished in 14th, out of 127, in the 11-12 years age group. Amie's race was 100m swim, 4k cycle and 1300m run. She did the swim in 2:08, well under the 5:11 average time, and finished the race in 31:32. Cara's race was a 200m swim, 4k cycle and 1800m run. She did the swim in 5:44 which was also well under the 6:19 average time and finished the race in 35:24. Well done to you both.

The London Classic Swim Serpentine

Sun 17/Sep/2017

Congratulation to Matt and Steve from Masters Squad who swam in the Swim Serpentine 2 mile event at the weekend; one of the three London Classics events. With the temperature at a cold 15C and a land start, so no acclimatisation, the boys raced twice around the London 2012 Olympic course in Hyde Park. Thankfully nice warm hot tubs were laid on for swimmers to warm up afterwards; and as one lady was actually blue coloured in the face, they were a welcome treat. Matt won his age group from 190 swimmers in 40 minutes 12 seconds. Steve was 2nd in his age group from 278 swimmers in 46 minutes 23 seconds. From the 937 male entries of all ages, Matt was second by just 6 six seconds and Steve was 14th. Steve also caught a Well Done tweet from TeamGB Olympic Silver Medallist and double World Champion Keri-Anne Payne.

Some more photos