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Splashtastic (Posted on Wednesday, 22 July 2015)
Monday saw a change to the normal training programme as we are fast approaching the end of season. Before heading off for a short break the evening was handed over to the type of relays you don't get in normal galas and open meets. A fun, competitive and noisy evening for all.

Well done to the swimmers for all the training and racing this year and thank you to all the coaches, parents and committee members (past and present) for all the work, taxiing, volunteering etc. that are essential to keep the club running for those lucky youngsters who love swimming. Enjoy the break everyone.
Billy takes a WORLD RECORD!!! (Posted on Monday, 20 July 2015)
Congratulations to Billy Birchmore, from Platinum squad, who swam the T21 Short Course 100m Backstroke at the Beachfield Summer Open Meet in a new World Record time of 1:17.52

This is Billy's second world record; he still holds the junior T21 200 Individual Medley which he set in 2012 with a time of 3:07.04

An absolutely fantastic achievement Billy; very well done indeed from all of us.


Please see the link in the twitter feed about a new classification for Down syndrome swimmers, so that they too, can compete in the Paralympics.

(If anyone has a photo please email it to steve@orpingtonojays.com so I can add it, thanks)
Jack Petchey Achievement awards (Posted on Monday, 20 July 2015)
Orpington Ojays were one of the biggest groups collecting their Jack Petchey Medals at a ceremony held at the Civic Halls in Bromley. The evening was a great celebration of young peoples achievements and the audience were treated to entertainment by some very talented young singers and dancers and the award winners were presented their medals by Danny Crates a Para- Olympic athlete.

Many congratulations to the following swimmers who received their medals :

William Magee-Brown, Samuel Gaster, Callum Baronti, Justin Strover, Beth Marsch, Michael Phillips, Edward Sellar, Max Peel, Jessica Herbert, Lucy Glossop. Head Coach Sergio was also presented his Leader Award.

Big thanks to Gina Fazzini who works very hard as our Jack Petchey co-ordinator arranging the nominations, funding and award nights.
Beachfield Summer Open (Posted on Wednesday, 15 July 2015)
On Saturday 11th July, 19 swimmers represented Orpington at the inaugural Beachfield Summer Open at Medway Park.

The event was well run with a good programme of events and the "fast" pool lived up to its expectations with swimmers achieving some huge PBs and almost every swimmer achieving a top three placing. Congratulations to all swimmers: Samuel Gaster, Callum Baronti, Samantha Jackson, Niamh Laker, Lauren Gough, Joshua Crawford, Noah Saunders, Alessio Tutt, Thomas Bennett, Katie Gough, Ellie Harden, Lilli Cutajar, Katie Napier, Thomas Magee-Brown, William Magee-Brown, Billy Birchmore, Amy Jeffreys, Anna Cvjetan, and Jessica Herbert.

At the end of the day there were lots of smiling faces as they left the pool resplendent with the jangling of medals around their necks - a great days work!

Thanks to coach Sergio, Trish, Gina and Mandy for poolside support and officiating.
3rd from Padstow to Rock (Posted on Sunday, 12 July 2015)
Well done to Steve Morris from Masters squad who took part in the Padstow to Rock 1 mile swim across the Camel Estuary whilst on holiday. A fast sprint race from start to finish Steve finished in approximately 15 minutes behind two teenagers. As it's Padstow in Cornwall the swimmers were treated to a pasty after the race courtesy of Rick Stein. Nice.
Sevenoaks Junior Aquathlon (Posted on Sunday, 05 July 2015)
7 Orpington Ojays swimmers competed in this really well run event on Sunday at Tonbridge school. Competing were Hannah, Justin and Ben Strover, Jess and Eddie Sellar, Will Dennis and Callum Baronti. Fantastic results with Eddie Sellar taking 2nd place and Justin Strover not happy to just win the Tristar 2 category he also set a new course record!

In the youth event Ben Strover picked up 2nd place and Jess Sellar took first place - really fantastic results! Local and national hero Dame Kelly Holmes was on hand and presented our athletes with their medals.
Warren Road Primary Tri (Posted on Sunday, 05 July 2015)
Warren Road Primary School held their first ever school triathlon yesterday in memory of a father who's sons are both members of Orpington Ojays. With the help of top squad swimmers the day was a huge success. The race consisted of 4 lengths of the on site pool, totalling 40m followed by 4 laps of the playground on the bike before heading out onto the school playing field for a 2 lap run around the perimeter.

Top squad swimmers, Ben Strover, Justin Strover, Callum Baronti, Daniella Shipley, Anna Cvjetan, Samuel Gaster, William Magee-Brown, Alice Bennett and Ellie Harden, gave up their Saturday afternoon to help and got stuck in to racking bikes, helping children with transitions, transporting bikes, marshalling and cheering. The club has received many compliments from members of school staff and parents at the event saying how brilliant our swimmers were: behaving like young adults; showing initiative; working as a brilliant team and doing the club extremely proud.

The event really was a huge success thanks to our members help and on behalf of the club we would like to say a massive thank you to all involved who made a huge difference.

Special thanks to Masters squad swimmer and world duathlon champion Ben Cockburn who also attended to inspire the young athletes, hand out prizes at the end and speak to the athletes about the sport.
White Horse League Rnd 3 (Posted on Sunday, 05 July 2015)
On Saturday evening Orpington Ojays were at Eltham pool for the third round of the White Horse League.

The team were up against 7 other clubs and after finishing 5th in the previous round were full of determination to improve on that result. Cheered on by their team mates, swimmers pulled out some great swims out of the bag and after a very close battle with Erith for second place, Orpington finished in a very respectable 3rd place. Congratulations to the team - you were phenomenal!

Thanks to coaches Sergio and Dave, poolside management from Gina and Julie and officials Sandra M, Sandra G, Steve and Mandy and of course to our parents who as always provided vocal support from the gallery.

Looking forward to the final round which is being held at the London Aquatic Centre on 19th September - it's going to be exciting!
2.8k from Boulter to Bray in The Thames (Posted on Saturday, 04 July 2015)
After the late night swim on the Friday, Matt and Steve were joined by Niki from Masters for a 06:15 start for 2.8k swim from Boulter to Bray down The River Thames. A great way to start the day Matt finished 1st for the Open Men's and 3rd overall although (actually 2nd out of the water but the timing mat was a bit up the bank) in 31:47. Steve wasn't too far behind finishing 4th for Open Men's and 8th overall in 35:25. Niki came in on 44:15 which placed her 41st overall and 8th in the Women's Open.

A great event and a lovely place to race.
Moonlight Swims (Posted on Saturday, 04 July 2015)
Matt and Steve from Masters competed in a night swim late Friday evening at the Reading Lake Hotel in Berkshire. The race started just gone 21:40 in a quite dark lake. Two laps for the 1.5k race with weeds and barely visible buoys. With glow sticks everywhere Matt led from the front to bring home a well deserved win. Steve, sadly, wearing the wrong goggles for a night swim (polarised dark tints) had virtually zero visibility and on the 2nd lap turned for home a buoy too early and therefore didn't complete the course.

A great evenings swimming for all who entered, thankfully everyone was out before the rain.
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