Ojay’s Youngsters Shine in N.J.S.L.
(Posted on Tuesday, 21 May 2013)
The team travelled to Braintree for the second round of the National Junior Swimming League on Sunday after a positive third place in round one. Our youngsters were determined to improve but were up against some strong opposition. We performed very consistently as a squad achieving 3 - 1st places, 12 - 2nd places and 18 - 3rd places with many PB’s being recorded. Congratulations to Clio Bacon, Callum Baronti and our boys 10/U Freestyle team who were all winners in their respective races. Overall, Ojays achieved a fantastic 2nd place and congratulations to everyone in the squad for doing the club proud.
1 - Colchester 354
2 - Orpington Ojays 269
3 - Harlow 233
4 - Dulwich 228
5 - Cheshunt 197
6 - Broomfield Park 192
7 - Southend 159
8 - Dunmow 108
A big thank you to the parents and families for all their valuable vocal support, too our Junior Club captains Shauna and Lewis, to our officials Mandy and Dave, to Steve our Team Manager and last but by no means least to Clare for her fantastic coaching. Well done everyone – bring on round 3 !
Winners - Oliver May Trophy Gala 2013
(Posted on Monday, 13 May 2013)
A fantastic team performance from all our swimmers ensured the Oliver-May Trophy came back to Orpington after an exciting gala on Saturday night in Maidstone.
Orpington Ojays achieved no less than 56 top three places and in doing so achieved many PB’s.
The team achieved 25 first places, 12 relay’s plus the following individual successes; Erin Randall, Kate Ridley, Charlotte Gregory, Lizzie Bennett, Fay Gibson, Holly Baronti, Tamryn Van-Selm, Oliver Randall, James May, Callum Baronti, Max Leeves (2) and Christopher Lee. The team would like to thank all the parents for their fantastic support, to Steve and John for being team managers, to our officials Yvonne and Steve and finally to Clare for her great support as coach. Other team members were: Antony Wilson, Chloe Ashley, Lewis Groombridge, Josh Kitchener, Alice Bennett, Rory Gibson, Ben Strover, Lili Jones, James Briggs, Matt Steere,
Max Peel, Justin Strover, Connor Martin, Abigail Leeves, Jamie Van-Rooyan, Sam Kitchener, Anna Cvjetan, Rachel Langdown, Joshua Martin, Katie Napier, Amy Chick.
Orpington 131, Maidstone ‘A’ 145, Dartford 201, Hythe Aqua 269, Larkfield 287, Maidstone ‘B’ 317
(Posted on Friday, 10 May 2013)
Congratulations to Mandy Baronti and Siobhan Curtis from Masters squad for competing in the Tonbridge Sprint triathlon at Tonbrige school on the Bank Holiday Monday. Mandy completed the 400m swim, 25km bike ride and 5km run in 1 hour 52 mins and Siobhan in 1 hour 33 mins. Well done ladies!
Medway Works its Magic
(Posted on Friday, 10 May 2013)
With the club's older swimmers at the London Regional Youths, over 30 of the club's younger swimmers headed off to the Black Lion Open Meet at Medway Park for a successful weekend of swimming.
There was something for everyone; whether it was swimming for the club for the first time - welcome Ellie Harden and Chloe Waller, a superb 200 free time of 2.58 from 9yr old Tamryn Van Selm or 90% of our swimmers smashing their pbs - a 10sec pb on the 200 fly for Kate Ridley, we saw superb swimming and smiles all round from everyone. The icing on the cake was a magical 24 medals and a further 27 top six finishes.
Congratulation everyone and well done to our medal winners:
Gold: Katie Napier, Issie Minter Paye (2) Connor Martin, Josh Martin, and Chris Lee.
Silver: Anna Cvetjan, Clio Bacon, Tamryn Van Selm, Charlotte Gregory, Daniella Shipley and Kate Ridley.
Bronze: Jessica Sellar, Louis Goff, Daniella Shipley (2) Katie Napier, Anna Cvetjan, Charlotte Gregory, Christopher Lee (2) Josh Martin, Issie Minter Paye.
Thank you to the support team - Jo Gregory team manager, Yvonne Ridley, Danielle Jacobs and Mandy Baronti for officiating, and coaches Dave and Richard - and of course all the parents in the gallery, a superb team effort, well done everyone!
Finally thank you to Black Lion SC for hosting a well run and enjoyable meet
Gina completes 100k run!
(Posted on Tuesday, 07 May 2013)
Congratulations to Gina from Masters squad for running 100km of the Cornish Coastal path in 4 days to raise money for CASPA. Gina reports battered ankles, shins, right hip and a sore left knee to go with patchy sun burn and a sand blister! She also says she is very happy to have stayed the course and finished! Well done indeed!
The photo is Gina running through St Ives.
National Junior Arena League - Round 1
(Posted on Sunday, 05 May 2013)
Orpington Ojays hosted the first gala in the series on Sunday 28th April at Crook Log. This league is aimed at our younger swimmers with the upper age group being 12 year olds and for many in the 9 year age group swimmers were competing in their first team event for Ojays.
We were competing against 7 other teams : Hatfield, Haringey, Redbridge, Dulwich, Hackney, Colchester and Broomfield Park.
Despite some key swimmers missing the team put in a consistently strong performance achieving 29 top 3 places - that's over 60% of the events! Many first places were achieved including the boys 12/u medley relay, girls 10/u medley relay, girls 10/u freestyle relay, Erin Randall, Callum Baronti (2) and Clio Bacon. All this hard work resulted in OJays finishing in 3rd position - only 4 points behind Hatfield SC in 2nd place.
Thanks to Sarah and the team of parent helpers who ensured that things ran smoothly, to our officials and of course to our coach Richard. Thanks also go to Ben and the Club Captains ( Shauna, Lizzie, and Lewis) for their help team managing poolside and guiding the younger ones through the experience. The team atmosphere from our side of the pool was phenominal and although we didn't win the gala overall, we were definitely the loudest of all the clubs! I hope that our NJSL first-timers enjoyed the event and we look forward to round 2 on 19th May
Holly Baronti - Club Captain
White Horse League – Round 1
(Posted on Monday, 29 April 2013)
A great evening’s entertainment and a great start to the WHL.
The first round saw Orpington Ojays secure a well deserved win pipping Sevenoaks SC into second place. From individuals to relays and with a shortage of competitors due to the Easter holidays, swimmers made concerted efforts to turn up, some from other events, training camps and holidays. Many of whom literally finished one event got out and joined the team for the next relay event! It would be wrong to name individual efforts because it was a genuine team effort, with all our swimmers cheering each other on and everyone giving 100%. Orpington Ojays competed admirably against a tough 7Oaks squad, moving from 1st to 2nd and vice versa throughout. With 6 events to go we had dropped back to 2nd place but a concerted set of relays from all age groups with several 1st places, led to the final results being awaited with high anticipation, before 1st place was announced - to OOSC. Jubilation! Big thanks should go Coach Clare and team manager Simon and of course to all the parents who came, supported, cheered and shouted throughout. A highly enjoyable event, very competitive and very close, with a wonderful atmosphere created by all the teams and all the supporters. Well done Ojays, the pressure will be on, so roll on round two!! – We are ready – Come and cheer us on
Wendy Westphel Memorial Trophy
(Posted on Sunday, 24 March 2013)
Congratulation to Helen Morris for winning the Wendy Westphel Memorial trophy for taking Orpington Ojays into Open Water competitions. Helen swam her first open water race in The River Thames at Marlow where she came 2nd in her age groups, was 21st out of the women and 98th overall. Helen then followed it up with a very cold swim in The River Thames again in October at Hampton Court.
Super Sunday - Kent County Championships - Week 3
(Posted on Friday, 15 March 2013)
Another successful weekend of fantastic results for Orpington Ojays SC. ‘Super Sunday’ produced two more County Champions, a club record broken and, for one of our swimmers, the achievement of a National Time.
24 Orpington Ojays swimmers made the trip to Medway Park to take part in the third week of one of the most important and competitive fixtures in the swimming calendar, The Kent County Championships. Our youngest swimmers this weekend were 9 year olds Connor Martin - experiencing the ‘Kents’ for the first time, and Georgina Baxter Smith. Our most experienced swimmer (with seven County Championships under his belt!) and Club Captain, was James May. To see such achievement across the squads is an excellent demonstration of the enduring talent we have in the upper squads and the emerging talent from the lower squads.
Congratulations to this weeks’ qualifiers: Connor Martin, Charlotte Gregory, Lewis Groombridge, Louis Goff, Jessica Page, Anna Cvetjan, Clio Bacon, Oliver Randall, Joshua Martin, Christopher Lee, Max Leeves, Kate Ridley, Isabelle Minter-Paye, Joseph Gaster, James May, Rebecca Shipley, Alexander Sandeman, Elizabeth Bennett, Holly Andrews, Sam Harvey, Chloe Ashley, Antony Wilson, Holly Baronti, Lily Snell and Daniella Shipley.
Swimmers continued to produce a consistently high number of pbs and secured 18 top ten positions. A further 17 medals were achieved by James May, Christopher Lee, (4) Oliver Randall, Kate Ridley, Daniella Shipley, Lily Snell(3) Louis Goff, Georgina Baxter-Smith, Fay Gibson, Rebecca Shipleyand Joseph Gaster(2).
Last week Christopher Lee achieved the club’s first gold medal in the 50 freestyle; ‘Super Sunday’ saw the making of two more County Champions - Joseph Gaster and Lily Snell.
Joseph secured two gold medals in the 50m free and 50m fly. He is now half a second off his national time. Lily secured a gold medal in the 50m free. She was nudged into second place on the 50 fly by a couple of hundredths of a second. In the 100m freestyle Lily secured a silver medal with a 3 sec pb and a record breaking time of 102.01 and, in doing so reserved her place at the Nationals in July - fantastic news.
Well done to our County Champions - Lily, Christopher and Joseph, and to all our swimmers for a brilliant weekend of swimming – a Mother’s Day to remember!
Our coaches are to be congratulated on their skills in developing and motivating all our swimmers and helping them achieve their goals.
A special mention also to our club captains Holly Baronti, Elizabeth Bennett, Joseph Gaster, James May and Lewis Groombridge for the excellent work you are doing poolside supporting swimmers and coaches.
Kent Count Championships 2013 - Week 2 – 23/24th February
(Posted on Tuesday, 05 March 2013)
Another successful weekend at the Kents saw 24 of our swimmers battling it out with other local clubs Bromley and Beckenham and from further afield, Canterbury, Dover and Folkestone amongst others.
15 medals in total went to Jessica Page, Sam Harvey (2), Kate Ridley, Joseph Gaster (2) Fay Gibson, Alex Sandeman, Holly Baronti (2), Christopher Lee (2), Rebecca Shipley, Clio Bacon and Georgina Baxter Smith.
Nearly all our swimmers achieved pbs and the following swimmers earned top ten position as well: Charlotte Gregory, Lily Snell, David Johansen, Daniella Shipley, Isabelle Minter-Paye, Holly Baronti, Alex Sandeman, Louis Goff, Lewis Groombridge, Rebecca Shipley, Josh Martin, Kate Ridley, Sam Harvey, Joseph Gaster, Clio Bacon, Fay Gibson, Christopher Lee, Jessica Page and Jake Potter.
Congratulations to Clio Bacon, Josh Martin, Ben Strover on qualifying for your first Kents also, to the clubs' other qualifiers: Antony Wilson, Oliver Randall, Elizabeth Bennett and Jessica Sellar.
Swimming for the first time in the nine year age group our two youngest swimmers Geoegina Baxter Smith and Callum Baronti swam extremely well with Georgina securing a 4th position and Callum pipped to a medal position by 100th of a second! It is good to see our young swimmers taking part in such an important competition and showing off the breadth as well the depth of the club.
Well done everyone, we are very proud of your achievements.