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Jack Petchey awarded to Ben Langdown (Posted on Tuesday, 02 February 2016)
Congratulations to Ben from Gold Squad for being awarded the Jack Petchey Achievement Award last night. Ben has shown excellent efforts in training and competitions which have led to the achievement of Kent 2016 times.
Kents 2016 Success Continues (Posted on Tuesday, 02 February 2016)
The second of the four weekends was another success where our swimmers gave their best adding more P.B's, finals and even some medals and the team looked resplendent in their newly acquired Ojays Tattoos !

Well done to all the swimmers who swam this weekend:

Alessio Tutt, Anna Cvjetan, Alice Bennett, Amy Jeffrey's, Ben Strover, Billy Birchmore, Callum Baronti, Clio Bacon, Daniella Shipley, Ed Sellar, Ellie Harden, Jessica Herbert, Katie Napier, Lilli Cutajar, Michael Phillips, Niamh Laker, Samantha Jackson, Noah Saunders, Sam Kitchener, Will Dennis.

Congratulations to our swimmers who swam in the finals, placing top 8 in their age group giving points and pride to the club!

Callum Baronti - County Champion 200 fly
Billy Birchmore - silver in 100 fly
Callum Baronti - 4th in 100 fly
Clio Bacon - 6th 100 back and 100 free
Jess Herbert - 2nd 200 free, 3rd 100 back, 4th 100 free
Samantha Jackson - 2nd 200 free, 6th 100 back, 4th 200 free, 8th 100 free
Daniella Shipley - 7th 200 free

Added to the medal table 1 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze, 3 fourths, 3 sixth, 1 seventh and 1 eighth.
Kents 2016 off to a great start (Posted on Wednesday, 27 January 2016)
Congratulations to all the swimmers competing in the first weekend of the Kent County Championships 2016 – this weekend’s events were the 400m free, 400IM and 800m for the girls and 1500m for the boys.
Whilst it is a huge achievement to qualify for these competitions the extra hard work our swimmers put in to prepare for these gruelling distance events really paid off.

Great results all round: 2 silver, 4 bronze, 4 fourth places, 1 fifth and two six places, not forgetting our first County Champion of the year : Eddie Sellar 1500m Free 12 years!

So many pb's some of which are faster than short course pb's and great performances all round. Well done everyone.
Canterbury Ice Breaker (Posted on Friday, 08 January 2016)
Orpington Ojays turned out in good numbers at the Ice Breaker Open in Canterbury on Saturday 2nd January 2016. We had some great swims from all 18 swimmers on the Saturday with a total of 4 1st places, 7 2nd places and 7 3rd places followed by 19 PBs.

1st places were for Amy Jefferys in Girls 15 years 100m Breaststroke with a PB; Amie Lawerence in the Girls 9b years 200m IM with a massive 20 sec PB; Samantha Jackson also in the Girls 10 years 200m IM and Edward Sellar in the Boys 11 years 100m Freestyle with a PB.

2nd places went to Max Peel 12years 400m F/c with a 5 second PB; Samuel Gaster also in the 15 years 400m Freestyle with a PB; Ben Langdown in the Boys 11 years Backstroke with a PB; Amie Lawerence in the Girls 9 years 50m Butterfly with a 6 second PB and also in the Girls 9 years 50m Freestyle; Samantha Jackson in the Girls 10 years 50m Butterfly with a PB; Jessica Sellar in the Girls 15 years 100m Butterfly and Edward Sellar in the Boys 11 years 50m Backstroke.

Our 3rds were William Magee-Brown in the 15 years 400m Freestyle with a PB; Amy Jefferys in the Girls 15 years 50m Butterfly with a PB and also third in the Girls 15 years 200m Breaststroke; Lilli Cutajar in the Girls 13 years 100m Butterfly; Ben Langdown in the Boys 11 years 50m Backstroke; Jessica Sellar in the Girls 15 years 50m Freestyle and Eve Peel in the Girls 10 years 200m Breaststroke with a 7second PB.
Our other PBs are from Ellen Jefferys in 100m Breaststroke; Eve Peel 100m Breaststroke and 50m Freestyle; Lilli Cutajar 50m Butterfly; Samuel Gaster in 50m Breaststroke; William Magee-Brown 200m Freestyle; Rachel Langdown 50m Freestyle and Samantha Jackson 50m Freestyle.

Well done on all your PBs hope to see more of them. The other people who was also there and swam well were Nam Nguyen, Elizabeth Marsch, Katie Napier, Noah Saunders and Ellie Harden. Thank you to the parents that helped out on the Saturday it was a great help and of course to all the parents for the support.
Gina becomes official (Posted on Monday, 04 January 2016)
Congratulations to Gina Fazzini who at the weekend qualified as a J1 official.

Galas cannot be run without the correct number of qualified officials and it is a requirement of all opens and league galas that each club brings along officials so that swimmers can compete in a safe and well run gala. The club is always looking for parents to step forward and volunteer to train to become J1s - all training is provided by the county ASA. Please chat to one of our officials or the committee if you'd like to know more.
Arena League (Posted on Tuesday, 15 December 2015)
We had a rushed arrival after a long coach journey to Canterbury so the Orpington Ojays Arena League team quickly jumped in the pool to warm up and then the races began. Every swimmer gave 100%, as always, in their races and a special thanks must go to Matt Steere and Mike Bond to complete the Men's Open team.

Overall Orpington Ojays placed 6th but nevertheless we managed to stay in the middle group of Division One, meaning that we are certain to stay in Division One next year. Thank you to coaches, team managers, parents and swimmers for bringing our great team spirit all the way to Canterbury, we look forward to continued successful swims in next years Arena League!
Bexley Open (Posted on Wednesday, 09 December 2015)
A number of our swimmers spent the other weekend competing at the Bexley Open Meet at the Crook log Centre. It's great to see the commitment of our swimmers choosing to spend their weekend racing at the pool. We saw many gigantic personal best times thanks to the help of our coaches and the work ethic of our squads in training.

Congratulations to all who entered and a special note to Jessica Herbert for finishing 3rd in the 10/11 years 50m Fly the 200m Backstroke; Amy Jeffreys for finishing 3rd in the 14/15 years 200m Breaststroke; and, Daniella Shipley for finishing 2nd in the 16+ years 50m Breaststroke and 100m IM and 3rd in the 100m Backstroke.

Thank you also to Bexley SC for a great meet.
November Jack Petchey (Posted on Tuesday, 24 November 2015)
Congratulations to Katie Gough on winning the November Jack Petchey award. Katie who was nominated for her great effort and determination in training as well as her all important good attendance.
Kent Junior League (Posted on Tuesday, 24 November 2015)
Orpington Ojays set off for the final round of the Kent Junior League at the weekend with the extra excitement of the team travelling together to Dover by coach. Unfortunately, the excitement was reduced a bit as there was no heating on the coach and everyone arrived absolutely freezing! Despite the journey, our swimmers once again put in some of their best swims resulting in some great position finishes. Sadly though, we suffered some DQ's and there were some technical issues with the electronic timing on our lane but this didn't dampen our spirits.

A big well done to the entire team. It was great to see our younger swimmers coming into competitive swimming, and we hope to see you soon!
Amazing success for Billy (Posted on Tuesday, 17 November 2015)
Billy Birchmore finished the with a total of 7 individual Golds, 1 Silver and 2 European Records at the DSISO European Open Championships in Italy. An amazing achievement and a great haul of medals resulting in being the overall Top Male on points. He was also awarded the Achievement Award voted for by the 25 competing countries.

Well done Billy. Absolutely fantastic!
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