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Summer Barbeque (Posted on Wednesday, 26 August 2015)
On Sunday, despite the Great British weather doing its best to put a dampener on the afternoon, the summer BBQ was a great afternoon of indoor and then outdoor games. We had delicious BBQ food cooked to perfection by Malcolm and Neale, and a great season starter social event.

Heavy rain meant indoor games including a card school and table tennis were the order of the day. After hot dogs and burgers were eaten the sun shined upon us and outdoor games started including an adults vs kids football game and finishing with the notorious "egg throwing game". Many finished the day with literally egg on their faces!!!

Great fun afternoon - thanks to all who supported the event.
New Captains (Posted on Tuesday, 25 August 2015)
The new 2015/16 captains were announced on Sunday at the summer BBQ - congratulations to : Girls Captain: Kate Ridley, Vice captain Katie Napier, Boys Captain : Ben Strover and Vice Captain Samuel Gaster. We wish them all the best for the new season and thank our out going Captains Chloe Ashley, Issie Minter-Paye and Louis Goff.

Please do support your new Captains by signing your name on the notice board for the fun Captains gala on 6th September.
IronMan number 2 for Siobhan (Posted on Monday, 17 August 2015)
Congratulations to Siobhan Curtis, Masters squad swimmer and Top Squad land training instructor, completing her second IronMan! This time Siobhan travelled to Sweden for the Kalmar event. With the experience gained from her first in Brazil Siobhan was able to take over an hour off her previous time and finished the course in 11 hours 53 minutes.

An IronMan consists of a 2.4 mile swim, then a 112 mile bike ride, then a 26.2 mile run!

An amazing achievement Siobhan, well done!
London Youth Games (Posted on Monday, 17 August 2015)
Orpington Ojays were well represented at this year’s London Youth Games. This high profile competition sees all 33 London Boroughs entering teams across a wide range of sports, including swimming. Eddie Sellar took part in the mini games swimming event where Bromley came an impressive 2nd. In the secondary school age groups top squad swimmers Niamh Laker, Kate Ridley and Katie Napier all swam for the Bromley girls team contributing to a fantastic second place overall.

Top squad swimmer Jess Sellar also took part in the games, playing hockey for the Bromley team who came an impressive third overall. Justin Strover, Jess & Eddie Sellar also competed in the first event of the LYG events back in November in the Cross Country Running event at Parliament Hill. All ran well helping Bromley achieve 1st place in boys u13, 2nd place U11 boys and girls U15 3rd.

Well done all!
Matt wins at Bewl Water (Posted on Monday, 10 August 2015)
On Sunday, three Masters swimmers, Matt Steere, Niki Herbert and Meg Forbes, also competed at Bewl Water Reservoir in the 3.8k open water event. With wetsuits optional the Masters girls once again chose to swim in just costumes!

A beautiful morning for a race and Matt went out fast and with one aim, no doubt spurred on by Ben’s win the day before, to take the top position and win the event. Matt was successful and finished the race in 47:59.95 over 5 minutes ahead of 2nd place! Niki finished in 18th overall and was the third female in a time of 1:10:23.15 with Meg finishing 23rd overall and the 5th female in a time of 1:12:52.90.

Although it’s an early start, 07:00 on a Sunday, the event is a fun and friendly race with warm water and no currents so is a great event to try out open water racing, especially as there is a 1.9k race as well.

Congratulations to Matt and the girls; fantastic results. Podium finishes mean that Matt and Nicki are automatically entered into next year’s race.
Ben defends his title (Posted on Monday, 10 August 2015)
On Saturday Ben Cockburn was defending his title in the Standard Triathlon at Bewl Water Reservoir. The standard is made up of a 1500m swim (45 lengths of The Walnuts), a 40k bike ride and finishes with a 10k run. Ben was successful in his defence and won the event in 2:09:42.50, almost 2 ½ minutes clear of 2nd place.

His splits were
Swim - 26:24.35
Transition 1 - 1:42.10
Bike - 1:02:34.20
Transition 2 - 00:50.60
Run - 36:52.60

It was a tight tough race and a hilly course. After the swim Ben fought hard to get back to the front on the bike section and then it was a close neck and neck run for 3 or 4k but on the second climb of the dam Ben managed to pull away to bring the win home.

Congratulations Ben on another fabulous win!
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.
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