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Captains' Gala 2014 (Posted on Saturday, 13 September 2014)
Well done to all the team's that took part in last week's Captain's Gala: Isabelle's 'Minter-Paye's Manta-Rays' Louis' 'Lightening Bolts', Captain Chlo's Crew and to the winning team Ridley's Rockets. Amazing corkscrews, dragon boat and tandems. Great fun was had by everyone - well done captains on great posters and teamwork.
New Captains (Posted on Tuesday, 02 September 2014)
Congratulations to Chloe Ashley on becoming Captain for 2014/15 and to Issie Minter-Paye, Kate Ridley and Louis Goff on becoming Vice Captains.
Matt Steere wins again at Marlow (Posted on Tuesday, 26 August 2014)
On Sunday morning four Masters squad swimmers Matt Steere, Steve Morris, Ben Cockburn and Jay Walker headed to Marlow for the Human Race 3k open water swim. Matt had already won two earlier events in the series, Hampton Court and Windsor so pressure was on for a third. Matt's hard training each week paid off and he again claimed victory, this time by two seconds, finishing in an impressive 39 minutes and 4 seconds. Steve Morris was next home for the club in 48 minutes 25 seonds, finishing in 15th place overall, 10th male and 2nd in the 40-44 male age group. Ben Cockburn finished in 50 minutes 26 seconds placing him 20th overall, 14th male and 2nd in the 20-24 male age group. Jay Walker finished in 59 minutes 28 seconds which placed her 51st overall, 14th female and 3rd in the 35-39 female age group.

Very impressive that all four of our swimmers finished in the top 3rd of the tough River Thames race.
Success for Orpington Ojays as Swimmers Shine at Basildon (Posted on Thursday, 24 July 2014)
Another great weekend in the last event of the season for Team Ojays at Basildon Open where 24 swimmers (a handful shown here) including some new to long course competitions, represented the Club in over 100 events delivering many pbs as well as achieving 9 gold, 10 silver, 3 Bronze, 13 fourth, 8 fifth, 13 sixth places.

Well done to our swimmers for competing with great success:
Alessio Tutt, Anna Cvjetan, Ben Strover, Callum Baronti, Clio Bacon, Daniella Shipley, Ed Pauling, Ed Sellar, Elizabeth Marsch, Ella Norwood, Ellie Harden, Emily Smith, Justin Strover, Kate Ridley, Katie Napier, Lilli Cutajar, Max Peel, Sam Gaster, Singh Sanhu Sahib, Tamryn Van Selm, Thomas Bennett, Thomas Magee Brown and William Magee Brown.

Congratulations for superb swims go to:
Anna Cvjetan 2 Bronze in 100 and 200 fly and 1 Silver in 200 backstroke, Ben Strover with 2 silver in 50 and 400 freestyle and Gold in 200 IM, Callum Baronti Silver in 200 fly, Clio Bacon Silver in 100 Breaststroke, Daniella Shipley Sliver in 200 IM, Ed Pauling Silver in 50 breaststroke and 50 fly and Gold in 50 and 200 free and 200 backstroke and 200 IM, Ed Sellar Silver in 400 free, Katie Napier Gold in 400 IM, Silver in 100 backstroke and Bronze in 50 Back, Tamryn Van Selm Gold in 200 and 400 free and 200 backstroke.

Thanks to parents and officials for supporting this great event.
Steve takes 2nd in Padstow (Posted on Monday, 21 July 2014)
Whilst Matt Steere was winning in the Thames Steve Morris was waiting for the tide to fill The Camel Estuary with water for the annual Padstow to Rock swim in Cornwall. Having been told during the safety briefing and in pre-event emails it is not a race it is a challenge all the swimmers in the "elite" wave were definitely treating it as a race. With a RLNI boat leading the way creating too much wake and the usual rough and tumble during the start, getting into the stroke wasn't easy. Once clear though and into a rhythm it was a great "race". Steve was out of the water in second place in about 18 minutes after a sprint finish with third to receive his bottle of water, a Rick Stein pasty and a pint of Doom Bar. (Things are different in the west country.)
Matt Steere wins Hampton Court (Posted on Monday, 21 July 2014)
Early on Sunday morning Matt, Jay, Siobhan and Will headed to Hampton Court for the Human Race open water race down the river Thames. The link to the report below describes brilliantly how Matt won the race in 41mins! Jay followed in 1:01, Siobhan in 1:08 and Will in 1:12. Fantastic swims for all and wonderful to have the club so well represented at another swimming discipline.
Swimmer of the Year Nomination for Birchmore (Posted on Monday, 14 July 2014)
Congratulations to Billy Birchmore who has been nominated for ‘Disability Swimmer of the Year’ alongside many Paralympic Champions.

Billy spent last weekend at Reading competing at the May Philips National Championships when he found out the good news. As we have come to expect from Billy, he did not disappoint winning 100m fly and 100m free. He also gained 2 silvers in 50 free and 50 fly. Controversially losing out to the world mosaic champion in 50m free - althoughthe video actually shows he did win!

Billy is shown here with Phelipe Rodrigues S10 Paralympic champion after his nomination.
London Sprints (Posted on Sunday, 13 July 2014)
14 swimmers braved the dinosaurs on Saturday and ventured to Crystal palace for the London Sprints. For many it was their first appearance at this gala. Everyone swam out of their skins and all swimmers, in true Ojays spirit, shouted loudly for their team mates. There were some PBs whilst medals/places went to Callum Baronti with two bronze and two 4th places, Tamryn Van Selm placed in Free, Fly and Back, Jess Sellar placed in Back and Katie Napier received bronze in Fly and placed in Back. Other swimmers were Eddie Sellar, Samuel Gaster, Beth Marsch, Amy Jefreys, Alice Bennett, Lilli Cutajar, Anna Cvjetan, Matilda Barrett, Rachel Langdown and Ellie Harden.

Well done to everyone for a great morning of competition!!
White Horse League Round 2 (Posted on Wednesday, 09 July 2014)
Another great weekend for Orpington Ojays on Saturday 5 july at Crook Log for the second round of the Whitehorse League.

Despite the high competitive standard of the event once again Team Ojays showed in this sprint gala the true potential of our swimmers individually and as a team. Loud as ever, swimmers and parents cheered the many pbs produced throughout the evening giving Ojays 5 first places, 11 second places 8 third places finishing third overall by 7 points from second place. We are sitting second overall by just 3 points to Sevenoaks.

Congratulations to all swimmers participating:
Jessica Herbert, Tamryn Van Selm, Anna Hawkins, Jamie Van Rooyen, Lilli Jones, Clio Bacon, Rachel Langdown, Ellie Harden, Emily Smith, Jessica Sellar, Amy Jeffreys, Daniella Shipley, Kate Ridley, Alexandra Sandeman, Chloe Ashley, Justin Strover, Edward Pauling, Eddie Sellar, Connor Martin, Callum Baronti, Max Peel, James Waller, Nam Nguyen, Joshua Martin, Thomas Bennett, Ben Strover, Samuel Gaster, William Magee-Brown, Matt Steere, James Lawrence, Chris Miles, Sam Harvey.

Well done all for the great achievements and thanks to officials and poolside helpers and coaches who helped making this event successful and fun.
London Youth Games 2014 (Posted on Monday, 07 July 2014)
Six of Orpington Ojays finest were chosen to represent their Boroughs in this year London Youth Games, sponsored by Balfour Beatty. Apart from fast swimming we also saw fast running: Jess Sellar and Justin Strover led the charge in the cross country event for Bromley, Daniella Shipley took part in the Aquathon for her borough, Bexley, and in swimming both boroughs were represented with Molly Haynes and Kate Ridley flying the navy and pink colours of Bromley and Issie Minter-Paye Bexley green.

Teams from both boroughs did exceptionally well with Bromley winning the swimming and overall across all events finishing 4th with Bexley closely behind in 5th position.

Thank you to sponsors Balfour Beatty for supporting these games and borough organiser and coach Sarah and Simon.