NAL Last Gala
(Posted on Thursday, 18 December 2014)
Saturday 13th December saw Team Ojays at Crook Log for the Final gala of the National Arena League.
Things got off to an exciting start with the relay events and our first win of the evening which was delivered by the undefeated boys 9/11 years 4 x 50m free team.
With another 7 first places throughout the gala and numerous top 3 places Ojays were placed in 3rd position for most of the gala with just a few points between Erith, Canterbury, East Grinstead and ourselves. The final two races were the ladies and mens 6 x 50m free relay and what an exciting climax to the evening - the roof of Crook Log was almost raised with the noise poolside. Our ladies finished second in a very close race and the men finished first with just a finger nail between us and Erith - just goes to show how important that finish is! The evening finished to the time honoured roar led by past captain James May of "give us an O.... " A very exciting finish to the National Arena league this year with Ojays in 4th place with just 3 points between us and second place. Well done swimmers - thanks for the great entertainment for spectators and the team poolside. Thanks to the "old boys" who return from university and work commitments to race for us, to the team of helpers poolside (Sandra, Julie and Vanessa ) and to officials Yvonne, Mandy, Karen and Fran. Last but of course not least thanks to head coach Sergio.
6th & 7th December ASA Regions and GNSC Open
(Posted on Monday, 15 December 2014)
The 6th & 7th of December was a busy weekend for Team Ojays. Exams and illness aside the club had two target competitions set for this training cycle. London ASA Regionals held at the Aquatic Centre where nine of our fastest and more experienced swimmers swam in this very competitive event achieving good performance all round and some excellent pbs.
Gravesend Open saw 20 swimmers competing in over 100 events again producing many pbs, medals and those all-important Kent times.
Well done to all the swimmers who competed in both events and also thank you to helpers, officials, parents and coaches who supported these successful events.
New Post Box for Gala Entries
(Posted on Wednesday, 10 December 2014)
Some off you may be aware of the new Post Box which has been recently acquired which has now been fixed adjacent to the Trophy cabinet in The Walnuts reception area. It will be emptied on a regular basis so all entries should be received on time and not go missing until two weeks later as some have in the past.
PLEASE make sure you put the contents into an envelope first and mark it appropriately. Model Yvonne Ridley is pictured using the box for the first time !!