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Details of new competition structure effective 2015 (Posted on Thursday, 30 October 2014)
The ASA has released details of a new swimming competition structure that will provide greater opportunities for swimmers to experience national competitions, and to create an aligned competition calendar across England, Scotland and Wales to help coaches support developing athletes within a defined period of training and competition phases. Programme and conditions for Kent County Championships for 2015 remain as published.

Further details have been posted under special info to the left of this posting.
Jack petchey - September's winner (Posted on Wednesday, 29 October 2014)
The Jack Petchey Achievement award winner for September is William Magee-Brown

William was nominated for his award for his constant hard work and his friendly and positive attitude.

His hard work has recently paid off with the results he has achieved in Club Championships.

He is always supportive at galas and always makes every effort in training to do his best.
Thank you Richard (Posted on Tuesday, 28 October 2014)
Last night we said au revoir to Richard; a county and regional swimmer himself "back in the day" who brought his passion for swimming to Orpington Ojays in 2009 and has since then coached most of the competitive squads before becoming joint head coach with Sergio late last year.

His detail to technique and discipline has gained him success with county, regional and national swimmers and of course as Billy's coach, helping him to achieve so highly in his competitions.

It is testament to his popularity that on Saturday evening over 30 swimmers turned up to give him an Ojays send off meal at Hotel 7 Diner.

He has asked me to say thank you so much to everyone for the messages in his card and for the gifts and to say that he is quite overwhelmed by everyone’s kindness and generosity.

Good luck Richard in your future endeavours and thank you so much for all you have done for our swimmers and our club.
Yoga Land Training (Posted on Tuesday, 28 October 2014)
Masters swimmer Siobhan Curtis has kindly offered to use her yoga teaching skills to benefit our top squad swimmers to take the place of their usual land training sessions after the half term holiday.

The benefits that Sergio and Siobhan believe that yoga will bring to the swimmers are: strength for improved pull, flexibility for longer reach and better kick, prevention of shoulder tightness, general stamina, breath and pre race nerves management.

Siobhan has been practising Ashtanga yoga for 14 years and has been teaching for two years, she teaches at Biggin Hill and the surrounding area and you can find her page on Facebook under the name "Yoga Bubbles". If you have any questions about yoga or her classes please see Siobhan poolside or at land training.
Orpington Ojays Swimmer Awarded Prestigious Kent ASA trophy (Posted on Sunday, 26 October 2014)
Congratulations to Molly Haynes who has been selected for Kent ASA's "Keighley Mayes Trophy" which is awarded annually for Perseverance and Endeavour. This is a great honour and a well-deserved recognition for Molly who has given so many years to swimming - well done Molly.
National Arena League Round 1 (Posted on Sunday, 19 October 2014)
October saw the first round of the National Arena League where each Club’s fastest swimmers compete in this prestigious team event. Once again our team of 32 swimmers stood up to the high standard of the competition swimming incredibly well achieving many personal bests.

The competition was really strong and Orpington Ojays gave it their best in and out of the pool where they swam strong and cheered loudly alongside our supportive parents. After a closely fought event Ojays managed to achieve 4th place overall securing 8 third places, 7 second places and, to top it all 2 first places thanks to Callum Baronti’s great butterfly race and our team of 11yr boys freestyle relay team composed of Eddie Sellar, Max Peel, Justin Strover and Callum Baronti.

Other great swims were delivered by: Justin Strover, James Waller, Michael Phillips, George Fisher, Jake McDonnell, Oliver Randall, Ben Strover ,Louis Goff, James Lawrence, Mike Bond, James May, Jamie Van Rooyen, Jessica Herbert, Matilda Barrett, Alice Bennett, Emily Smith, Anna Cvjetan, Clio Bacon, Niamh Laker, Jessica Sellar, Amy Jeffreys, Katie Napier, Daniella Shipley, Jessica Page , Lizzie Bennett, Chloe Ashley and Kate Ridley
A big thank you also goes to all coaches, parents, officials and helpers who supported this event and make it as successful and fun as it was.
Racing through the night (Posted on Tuesday, 14 October 2014)
Masters Matt Steere, Ben Cockburn & Niki Herbert entered the first UK Night Swimming Event. Held in the dark at Bray Lake, Maidenhead last Saturday night they spent some time as the sun set contemplating why they were about to swim in the dark. Having clipped a glow stick to their goggle elastic they went to the start area & looked for a course with 4 buoys dimly lit with more glow sticks. At 7.30pm 150 swimmers set off for either one lap of 750m or two for 1500m, the Ojays swimmers were all doing the 1500m.

Spectators got to see glow sticks wavering along the water as the swimmers set off! Matt quickly got towards the front & having lost his glow stick nearly tipped over a canoeist that hadn't seen him coming and had to negotiate a course he couldn't see. Ben & Niki had an easier swim being able to see a line of glow sticks from faster swimmers marking out the course.

Matt finished 1st in 19.06, Ben was 13th in 23.50 & Niki 36th in 26.30. The swim was organised by a company called Brutal Events - very apt!
John Carrie (Posted on Friday, 10 October 2014)
It is very sad to report on the death of John Carrie at the start of the week.

John Carrie was a lovely man. He was a prominent figure in the world of swimming, always giving his time to help swimmers and officials. Many people within swimming often used John as an expert point of reference and he never failed to give the correct answer. He was a larger than life character and even as his health deteriorated he still managed to help at many events. He will be sadly missed by all but will always be remembered. Swimming has lost one of its true heroes.
Ojays get the Season off to a flying Start (Posted on Thursday, 02 October 2014)
This weekend was the annual Ojays Open Gala – the Seasons Starter and what a fantastic start to the season it was too - the event was very well supported by visiting clubs and we thank them for their continued support.

Saturday early evening started off with the 400 freestyle 200 breastroke, 200IM and 200 fly – it was then off for a good night’s sleep before back at the pool at 8.30am for a full day of competition.

Team Ojays were a team to be reckoned with poolside with swimmers from Bronze through to Top squad participating. Masses of PBs, Medals and even some speeding tickets (swims faster than the Upper qualifying time) were awarded and it was great to see all ages bonding poolside as a team. The team were delighted to be awarded Top Club and to receive the shield back from Bromley, last year’s winners and OOJSC’s Kate Ridley was awarded Top Girl. Congratulations everyone - you swam fast, cheered loudly and made your family and coaches very proud of you and hopefully enjoyed yourselves too!

As with all galas we really couldn’t pull it off without the help of our volunteers who worked tirelessly Saturday evening and all day Sunday poolside, providing refreshments and on the door selling raffle tickets and admission. It was great to see new parents learning the complexities of hosting a gala from the more experienced parents and delivering a well-run and enjoyable gala.

Finally thanks of course to our coaches Richard, Sergio and Clare for all your hard work poolside.

Results will be posted soon.
Poole 3k sea swim (Posted on Sunday, 28 September 2014)
On Saturday morning Steve Morris and Siobhan Curtis headed down to Poole for the Human Race sea swim. Both Masters squad swimmers had entered the 3k distance for their first sea race. Siobhan was using the event as a sea training session for her ironman event in Brazil in a few weeks! Steve came in 7th overall (190 swimmers) in 45 mins and 49 seconds putting him 4th in age group and Siobhan came in 1 hours 6 mins and 14 seconds putting her 142nd and 4th age group. Great swims and a great event.