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Swimathon 5k (Posted on Tuesday, 25 March 2014)
Another one of our young swimmers took on the mighty 5k challenge in this year's Swimathon. 11 year old Ellie Harden of Platinum squad successfully completed the course achieving a PB at the same time.

"The Swimathon was a fantastic experience which I have been taking part in since I was 9 years old. I have been working hard on my technique and times since joining Orpington Ojays a year ago. The hard work I put into my training is paying off where I achieved a 15 minute PB on last year’s time. My time achieved in 2014 was 1.33.34."
11 year old Lucy Glossop goes the distance (Posted on Monday, 24 March 2014)
Saturday evening saw Lucy Glossop from bronze-M take part in the Swimathon for Sport Relief. She swam 5km in a fantastic time of 2hrs 7mins, cheered on by huge support from her family and coach. Lucy paced herself brilliantly, ensuring that she did not slow down as the lengths tallied up and even more amazingly, her strokes did not deteriorate as she started to feel the effects of the distance. Afterwards, elated at having finished, she said “I think I’m going to pass out.” Hopefully, her recovery meal of Domino’s pizza and ice cream has prevented that!
Kent Primary schools Final gala (Posted on Monday, 24 March 2014)
Saturday 22nd March saw the following Orpington Ojays swimmers representing their Primary schools at the finals gala for Kent Primary schools. Swimming for Tubbenden were Zoe White, Eddie Sellar, Ryan Mansbridge, Tamryn van Selm and Callum Baronti; representing Warren Road were Abigail Stanton, Jacob Bryant and Cameron Allan.

Tubbenden earnt podium places with Callum winning silver in 50 fly and the boy’s freestyle relay and medley relay - silver and bronze respectively. Tamryn finished fourth place in the 50 fly.

Warren Road had a 7th place for Abi in 50 free and a 9th place for Cameron in 50 back.

Congratulations to all swimmers representing their schools - it was odd to see them not wearing their Ojays colours poolside!

Pictured is the Tubbenden Team.
Kent Report 2014 - Part 2 (Posted on Wednesday, 12 March 2014)
OOJSC had over 30 swimmers competing at this year’s Kent County Championships, across all age groups from age 9 years through to 18 years. Seen here are the girls 15/16year relay team with Kathy Hook, President of ASA London Region. More photos honouring our champions will be posted shortly on the noticeboard, in the meantime here is the latest update.

Session 10 -11 (8th March 2014)

Matilda Barrett, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Rachel Langdown, Lilli Cutajar, Fay Gibson, Ben Strover, Josh Martin, Louise Goff, Holly Baronti, Katie Napier, Isabelle Minter-Paye, Elizabeth Bennett, Kate Ridley, Molly Haynes, Edward Pauling, Callum Baronti, Clio Bacon, Georgina Baxter-Smith all took part in what was the last full day of individual events at the championships. Once again Orpington Ojays was well represented with many of its swimmers competing.

Matilda Barrett got the club underway in the 9/14 years 50 backstroke, followed by Georgina Baxter-Smith, Rachel Langdown, Lilli Cutajar and Fay Gibson. Outstanding performances by all with each swimmer faster than their entry times and Fay Gibson achieved 6th place in the 14 year age group.

Next to represent the club were the boys in the 12/14 years 100 freestyle. Both Ben Strover and Josh Martin had great swims achieving new personal bests in this event. Louis Goff then swum in the 15-17/18 years 50 back posting a new personal best and dipping under 31 seconds, Holly Baronti then represented the club swimming in the 15-17/18 years 100 breaststroke.

The final swimmer from the morning’s session was Katie Napier in the 100 fly and once again it was another swimmer performing at their best and achieving a pb.

In the afternoon Louis Goff swum in the 15-17/18 yr 100 freestyle and had a fantastic swim going for the first time under the minute in this event. Next it was the turn of the girls in the 15-17/18 years 100 freestyle. Isabelle Minter-Paye, Lizzie Bennett, Kate Ridley and Molly Haynes all represented the club in this event and had impressive swims. Molly Haynes also achieved 5th place in the 17-18 year category in this event.

The boys 9/14 years 50 butterfly followed with Edward Pauling achieving 4th place in a new personal best time. Callum Baronti was next up in this event and swum superbly to become Kent County Champion in the 10 year age category and reducing his personal best time by nearly 2 seconds

The last individual event of the competition was the girls 9-14 years 200 breaststroke. In this event we had 2 swimmers from Orpington Ojay. Clio Bacon had an exceptional swim in this event reducing her personal best by more than 6 seconds in the 12 year age group and Georgina Baxter-Smith also achieved a personal best in the 10 year age group and a bronze medal in this event.

Congratulations to the following medallists:
Callum Baronti – 10 years 50 butterfly – 1st Gold Kent County Champion
Georgina Baxter–Smith - 10 years 200 breaststroke – 3rd Bronze
Edward Pauling – 9 years 50 butterfly – 4th
Molly Haynes - 17/18 yrs 100 freestyle - 5th
Fay Gibson -14 years 50 backstroke – 6th

Sessions 12 -13 (9th March 2014)

This was the last day of the championships. The club had already seen substantial success over the past few weeks and now it was time for relays!

The morning session was for the boys and the following swimmers represented Orpington Ojays for the team events:-

Joshua Martin, Jake McDonnell, Louis Goff, Benjamin Strover, Ed Pauling, Callum Baronti, Justin Strover, Max Peel, Thomas Bennett, Connor Martin, Samuel Gaster. The club competed in several relays as listed below and the 9/10 years team made the final in both the medley relay and freestyle relay. In the freestyle team they just missed out on third place in an exciting race where they finished fourth.
• Boys Junior 4 x 50 Medley team
• Boys 9/10 yr 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Boys 13/14 yr 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Boys 9/10 yr 4 x 50 Medley team
• Boys Junior 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Boys 13/14 4 x 50 Medley team

In the afternoon it was the time of the girls and the following swimmers represented the club:-

Fay Gibson, Daniella Shipley, Katie Napier, Alice Bennett, Lizzie Bennett, Chloe Ashley, Isabelle Minter-Paye, Kate Ridley, Lilli Cutajar, Clio Bacon, Anna Cvjetan, Emily Smith, Matilda Barrett, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Tamryn Van Selm, Jessica Herbert, Anna Hawkins.

The club competed in several relays as listed below and made finals in 3 events. The girls 9/10 years medley relay finished 4th, the girls 15/16 years medley relay finished 6th and the girls 15/16 years freestyle relay finished third in what was a very close finish.
• Girls Junior 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Girls 9/10 yr 4 x 50 Medley team
• Girls 13/14 yr 4 x 50 Medley team
• Girls 15/16 yr 4 x50 freestyle team
• Girls 11/12 yr 4 x 50 Medley team
• Girls 9/10 yr 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Girls Junior 4 x 50 Medley team
• Girls 13/14 yr 4 x 50 freestyle team
• Girls 15/16 yr 4 x 50 Medley team
• Girls 11/12 yr 4 x 50 freestyle team

Congratulations to the following team medallists:-
Girls 15/16 years 4 x 50 mtr freestyle team – 3rd Bronze (Kate Ridley, Isabelle Minter-Paye, Chloe Ashley, Lizzie Bennett)

Well done to all who competed on the final weekend of the championships
Kent county championships - Part 1 (Posted on Tuesday, 04 March 2014)
The Shipley sisters - Daniella and Rebecca - kicked the 2014 Championships off on 16th February representing the club in the marathon 800m freestyle event at Crystal Palace - well done girls on sterling performances.

Team Ojays were out in force at Medway Park on 22nd & 23rd February for the first main weekend of the championships. Expectations were exceeded with swimmers achieving PBs, finalist and top 3 places across the board. Congratulations to everyone who qualified for this weekend events : The Girls : Tamryn Van Selm, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Lilli Cutajar, Anna Cvetjan, Clio Bacon, Alice Bennett, Fay Gibson, Katie Napier, Daniella Shipley, Kate Ridley, Issie Minter-Paye, Chloe Ashley, Lizzie Bennett, Molly Haynes, Jessica Page, Holly Baronti, Alex Sandeman and Rebecca Shipley. The boys : Ed Pauling, Eddie Sellar, Connor Martin, Callum Baronti, Ben Strover, Josh Martin, Ollie Randall, Louis Goff.

Congratulations to the following medalists:

Georgina Baxter-Smith 10yrs 400 IM - silver 400 free - bronze
Kate Ridley - 15 yrs 100 fly - 4th, 200 free - silver, 50 free - bronze
Molly Haynes - 17/18 yrs 100 fly - 6th 200 back - 5th
Katie Napier - 14yrs 200 fly 6th
Lizzie Bennett - 16 yrs 50 back 6th
Alex Sandeman - 17/18 yrs 50 back 6th
Rebecca Shipley - 17/18 yrs 800 free bronze 200 back - 6th

Ed Pauling - 9yrs 200 breast bronze, 50 free Silver, 100 IM bronze
Eddie Sellar - 9yrs 200 back 4th, 50 free 4th
Callum Baronti - 10 yrs 50 free bronze, 100 IM 6th
Josh Martin - 13yrs 200 back 6th

Special congratulations go to our new 2014 county champions :

Georgina Baxter- Smith 200 fly 10yrs and Ed Pauling 200 backstroke 9yrs.

A great start to the championships and we look forward to the next two weekends of fast swimming - good luck team Ojays !
Kent Primary Schools Gala (Posted on Monday, 17 February 2014)
This weekend saw some of our younger year 5 and 6 swimmers representing their primary schools at Medway Park. The following swimmers were representing Warren Road : Abi Stanton, Lily Wyles, Jacob Bryant, Matilda Barrett, Emily Goff and Cameron Allan. Swimming for Tubbenden were : Tamryn Van Selm, Ryan Mansbridge, Zoe White, Eddie Sellar, Emma Sands, Maria Phillips and Callum Baronti.

Congratulations to all those who competed - great swims and P.B.s and many going through to the finals gala in March - good luck !
OOSC Junior Sprint Challenge February 2014 (Posted on Thursday, 13 February 2014)
Sunday morning proved to be a fantastic start for Orpington Ojays at the Junior Sprint Challenge, where the club was well represented with a lot of its younger swimmers competing for their first time in a junior open meet.


The morning’s events saw many top 3 finishes for the club as well as many swimmers performing above expectation.

Top 3 finishes were as follows: Girls 100 free Tamryn Van Selm 1st in the 10 yr age group, Lilli Cutajar 1st in the 11 yr age group, Anna Cvjetan 1st and Clio Bacon 2nd in the 12 yr age group. Boys 100 free:Callum Baronti 1st and Justin Strover 3rd in the 10 yr age group, Max Leeves 1st in the 12 yr age group.

Girls 50 free:Tamryn Van Selm 3rd in the 10yr age groupLilli Cutajar 2nd in the 11 yr age group.Clio bacon 1st and Anna Cvjetan 2nd in the 12 yr age group
Boys 50 free:Edward Sellar 1st and Will Dennis 3rd in the 9 yr age group. Callum Baronti 1st and Justin Strover 3rd in the 10 yr age group. Max Leeves 1st in the 12 yr age group.

Girls 50 breaststroke:Anna Hawkins 3rd in the 10 yr age group. Lilli Cutajar 3rd in the 11 yr age group. Alice Bennett 2nd and Clio Bacon 3rd in the 12 yr age group
Boys 50 breaststroke: Ed Pauling 1st and Ed Sellar 2nd in the 9 yr age group. Callum Baronti 1st in the 10 yr age group. Michael Phillips 3rd in the 11 yr age group
Max Leeves 2nd and Nam Nguyen 3rd in the 12 yr age group.

Top Boy & Girl
There was also success in several age groups for Top Boy & Girl where Ed Sellar won the 9 yr boys, Justin Strover the 10 yr boys, Lilli Cutajar the 11 yr girls, Max Leeves 12 yr boys and Clio Bacon 12 yr girls.

The afternoon proved to be just as successful as the morning with Orpington Ojays youngsters turning out in force. With swimmers in nearly every heat, we were proving just how promising our junior section of the club is. Again we had several top 3 finishes, many of which were also personal bests for our swimmers.

First event of the afternoon was the girls 100m IM and we had Tamryn Van Selm finishing 1st in the 10 year age group, Lilli Cutajar 3rd in the 11 years and Clio Bacon and Alice Bennett coming 1st and 3rd respectively in the 12 years age group.Next up was the boys 100 IM, again we had lots of pbs and some very successful swims, including Max Leeves coming 2nd in the 12 years age group.

Girls 50m backstroke proved to be a very popular event with lots of heats. Tamryn managed a 2nd place in the 10 years, Lilli Cutajar came 1st and Rachel Langdown 2nd both in the 11 year age group. In the 12 year age group Anna Cvjetan came 1st followed closely by Clio Bacon in 2nd place.

It was the boys turn for 50m backstroke now and more podium places included Edward Pauling getting a speeding ticket for being too fast! Eddie Sellar won the 9 year age group with Ben Langdown coming 2nd. Justin Strover coming 2nd and Callum Baronti 3rd in the 10 years and Max Leeves 2nd and Nam Nguyen 3rd in the 12 years age group.

The penultimate event was boys and girls 50m butterfly. In the girls event, Tamryn claimed another medal with 2nd place in the 10 years, Lilli Cutajar 2nd as well in the 11 years and Anna Cvjetan winning the 12 year age group with Clio coming 3rd. Boys were up next and Ed Pauling finished off the day with a win in the 9 years, followed by Ben Langdown coming 2nd. Connor Martin came 3rd in the 10 years and Max Leeves 2nd in the 12 years.

Top Boy & Girl
There was also success in several age groups for Top Boy & Girl where
Ed Sellar won the 9 yr boys, Justin Strover the 10 yr boys, Lilli Cutajar the 11 yr girls, Max Leeves 12 yr boys and Clio Bacon 12 yr girls.

We cant forget the relays either which Orpington Ojays managed a black, white and purple team and pulled out all the stops finishing in the top 3 yet again. A massive well done to all our swimmers it was a brilliant day.

Well done to all the swimmers who competed it was truly a memorable occasion.
Also, a big thank you to all the helpers, officials and caterers whose assistance was greatly appreciated and helped the event run smoothly.

Clare and Richard
Jack Petchey Achievement Awards (Posted on Monday, 10 February 2014)
2014 started well for two of our young swimmers being recognised for their achievements

Jack Petchey Achievement award winner for January was Lilli Cutajar

Lilli was nominated for her award for her willingness to train hard and consistently in Platinum to achieve her goals.
Her hard work has paid off with the results she has achieved in recent galas. Lilli won medals and obtained County Qualifying times at Bexley and Canterbury in January and pushed herself in training to gain the personal bests required.
Lilli should also be recognised for her willingness to compete for the club at League galas setting a great example for other swimmers at the club.

Jack Petchey Achievement award winner for February was Rachel Langdown

Rachel was nominated for her award for her continues efforts to improve in training which has resulted in her obtaining personal bests and County Qualifying times. Rachel swam well at Bexley and Canterbury in January to achieve these times. Her willingness to always try her hardest in training and her positive attitude to swimming.
Rachel should also be recognised for her willingness to compete for the club at League galas setting a great example for other swimmers
Canterbury Icebreaker - 12th January 2014 (Posted on Thursday, 16 January 2014)
What a start to 2014, first there was the Bexley Open with over 30 of our swimming gaining lots of Kent County qualifying times and then further success at the Canterbury Icebreaker. It was the final chance to gain qualifying times for the start of next month's County Championships with many swimmers performing above expectation.

There were finals for the 50 and 100 mtr events where Orpington Ojays was well represented and top 6 places were achieved byEd Pauling, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Fay Gibson, Louis Goff, Tamryn Van Selm, Lilli Cutajar, Rachel Langdown, Anna Cvjetan, Elizabeth Bennett,
Thomas Bennett, Alice Bennett and Katie Napier. Well done to all who competed and represented the club:-
Edward Pauling, Ellie Harden, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Fay Gibson, Thomas Bennett, Louis Goff, Tamryn Van Selm,
Lilli Cutajar, Rachel Langdown, Oliver Randall, Anna Cvjetan, Abigail Stanton, Alice Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, Anna Cvjetan,
Katie Napier, William Magee-Brown.
Bexley Short Course 4th / 5th January 2014 (Posted on Saturday, 11 January 2014)
Saturday was an early start for the many Orpington Ojays’ swimmers who competed in this extremely busy, well organised event. 31 swimmers represented the club in over 50 events winning 39 medals – 17 gold, 13 silver and 9 bronze, plus a further 25 top six positions and ribbons, making parents and coaches extremely proud

The first medal came with Katie Napier in the 14/15yrs 200 IM and a four second pb. Molly Haynes was next on the podium with a comfortable win in the Open event.

Fourth place for Edward Sellar in the 50m free and a Kent time for his age group.

An easy race for Tamryn Van Selm in the 50m butterfly winning by two seconds and achieving pb. Same race different age group a triple achievement in the 14/15yrs with Kate Ridley, Isabelle Minter-Paye and Katie Napier coming first, second and third respectively . Molly Haynes also came first in 16yrs and over.

Boys 200m Breaststroke saw two swimmers in top 6 for the 9 year old age group - Edward Sellar and Edward Pauling coming second and fourth. Callum Baronti fifth in the 10 year old age group of the same event achieving a Kent time. Samuel Gaster swam well in the same race coming fourth in the 12/13 year old age group and achieving pb.

Time for the girls 200m backstroke where in most age groups Ojays was well represented. Starting with Matilda Barrett coming second in 9 year old age group followed by Lilli Cutajar coming third and Rachel Langdown sixth on the medal table. More medals in the same race for Chloe Waller fourth in the 12/13yrs age group, and for the 14/15yrs Isabelle Minter-Paye, Fay Gibson and Daniella Shipley coming second, third and fourth respectively.

Another good result in the 100m butterfly where Kate Ridley finally found out how easy is to swim it coming first in 14/15yrs age group improving her past achievement and getting closer and closer to her pb. Isabelle Minter-Paye also achieved a fifth place for the same age group.
A few races later another top place came with Tamryn Van Selm in 9yrs 50 freestyle achieving pb and a Kent time. In the same race for the girls 14/15yrs age group we had Kate Ridley coming first and Fay Gibson finishing fourth. Molly Haynes came second in 16yrs and over age group.

Two top six in the boys 50m backstroke with Edward Pauling and Edward Sellar finishing third and sixth in 9 year old age group. Despite a bad finish Ben Strover ensured a fourth place in the 12/13yrs 50m backstroke and achieving pb! A comfortable win in the 14/15yrs for Louis Geoff who had the fastest time in the open age group too.

Another fourth place for Tamryn Van Selm in the Girls 9yrs 200m breaststroke achieving pb as well. Great race also in the open age group with Holly Baronti coming second back on form in her main event 200 breaststroke followed by Alexandra Sandeman coming third also achieving a pb.

In the third to last event of the evening OOSC boys were still there to impress in the 100 IM where Edward Pauling and Callum Baronti came second and third in their own age groups. Top six also in the 12/13yrs age group with Ben Strover coming sixth and Louis Geoff fifth in the 14/15yrs age group.
In the second to last event of the day, the last for OOSC and the most competitive race of the competitions Kate Ridley and Molly Haynes took gold and Chloe Ashely fifth in their own age groups of the 100 freestyle.

Second day of competition for the club started well with Thomas Bennett fourth and Louis Geoff fifth in the boys 200IM. Fay Gibson led the way to medal in the 14/15yrs 50m backstroke followed by Katie Napie achieving fifth. Edward Pauling achieved a top six ribbon in the 50m breaststroke coming fifth.

One of the scariest races for some swimmers didn't impact on the the courage and determination of Tamryn Van Selm, Katie Napier and Edward Pauling who performed well in the 200 butterfly. Results of the hard work put at training showed in this race for all our swimmers coming first in their age groups.

A close race for Fay Gibson in the what it seems to be her new main event 100m breaststroke of her age group coming second!

After a fast first 50ms Louis Geoff come sixth in the boys 100 backstroke.

Another busy race the girls 200m freestyle with Matilda Barrett coming fourth in her age group, Kate Ridley and Daniella Shipley first and fourth respectively. Soon after Tamryn Van Selm achieved fourth place and a pb in the girls 9yrs 50m breaststroke, Clio Bacon second in the 12/13yrs and Fay Gibson second in the 14/15yrs of the same race.

Another well deserved second place for Edward Pauling in the boys 200m backstroke achieving pb. Same for Tamryn Van Selm in girls 9yrs 100 IM while in the 14/15yrs Isabelle Minter Paye and Daniella Shipley achieved second and third place. Ben Strover set a good pb and a Kent time in the the boys 100m freestyle.

Last event of the day was 100 backstroke where Rachel Langdown achieved fifth place in the 10yrs age group and Isabelle Minter-Paye and Katie Napier coming first and second in their age group.

These are just some of the excellent achievements, pbs and Kent times achieved at this meet and a great way to start 2014. The success of the weekend is largely supported by the team spirit of our many swimmers on poolside, the much appreciated help and encouragment of parents and, the efficiency of officials and poolside helpers which allowed the smooth running of this competition.

Well done all! Go Ojays!
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