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The DSSF European Championships (Posted on Thursday, 21 April 2016)
Billy Birchmore continues to lead the way at the DSSF European Championships in Southampton at the weekend.

Billy won 7 Gold medals and also took two DSISO Short Course World Records in 50 back and the 400 free and the European Record in 100 Free.

Billy will also be captaining the GB Team in July when they travel to Italy to compete in the Trisome Games in Florence.

Amazing swims as always, congratulations!
White Horse League Round 2 (Posted on Monday, 18 April 2016)
On Saturday night a coach full of swimmers went to Becontree Heath Leisure Centre to compete in the White Horse League. We had many first place finishes and loads of PB's which unfortunately meant we incurred some speeding tickets. We finished 5th overall and as it was our Head Coach, Sergio's, birthday we celebrated with him taking a dip in the water.

A great gala for our younger swimmers to take to the blocks and put the training into the racing. Congratulations to them all and thanks for the loud singing on the homebound coach.
Regionals (Posted on Thursday, 14 April 2016)
Our long distance swimmers were out in force at the summer youth and age group distance event on Friday 8th April at Crystal Palace – Congratulations to our freestylers Justin Strover 9th 1500m, Jess Herbert 8th 800m, Daniella Shipley 7th 800m, William Magee-Brown 8th 1500m and to Ben Strover who won Bronze in 1500m.

On Saturday and Sunday the Youth Championships were held at the Aquatic centre – the London Regionals are split into Youth 15+ years and Age group 11-14 years. Our team of 9 swimmers gave their best giving us great swims, PB’s, finals and a lot of fun on poolside.

Well done to swimmers who qualified and participated in this event – Anna Cvjetan, Niamh Lacker, Katie Napier, Daniella Shipley 8th in 400m Free and 7th in 200m Free, Clio Bacon 10th in 50m Back, 8th in 50m Breaststroke, 6th in 100m Breaststroke, 4th in 200m Breaststroke and Ben Strover who swam each of the events twice (heat and finals) 10th in 200m Free, 9th in 200m IM, 6th in 50m and 100m Back, 50 and 400m Free, 4th in 400m IM.
February and March Jack Petchey Winners (Posted on Wednesday, 23 March 2016)
On Monday evening head coach Sergio presented The Jack Peachey awards for February and March. February's winner was Will Dennis; nominated for his commitment to swimming, and always making every effort to do his best in training and at competitions. Noah Saunders won March's award. Noah was nominated for his constant hard work, his dedication to training and always making every effort to do his best.

Congratulation to both the boys for their achievement.
Sport Relief 2016 (Posted on Saturday, 19 March 2016)
Congratulations to all those who took part in the swimathon today, raising money for Sport Relief.
Lizzie continues her success (Posted on Saturday, 19 March 2016)
Congratulations to Lizzie Bennett who has been voted Leicester University Vice Captain for 2016-17 and won Best Female Swimmer this week.

Charity Gala (Posted on Wednesday, 16 March 2016)
On the 13th March Orpington Ojays and Erith & District swimming clubs held the second Charity Gala to provide younger swimmers with an opportunity to compete and to raise funds for charity. Demelza House was voted as this year's chosen charity.

It was a long day for everyone as there were 3 sessions but the day gave around 400 swimmers, many of whom were novices, the opportunity to take part in a busy Open meet. Huge thanks to Steve Birchmore for managing our swimmers for all three sessions and to everyone who helped to ensure that the gala ran smoothly. Your hard work meant that everyone had an enjoyable and successful day; thank you.

Vice Captain Sam Gaster said "we are proud to see our younger swimmers get involved in competitions and its a great chance for them to improve - we look forward to seeing them poolside in the future".
Presentation Evening (Posted on Wednesday, 16 March 2016)
This year saw a change of venue for the annual presentation evening to the Petts Wood memorial hall. There wasn't a spare seat in the house as parents purchased a beverages from our Ojays bar and the swimmers waited patiently for their trophies to be presented.

We heard speeches from our Chairperson, Head coach and Club Captains followed by the presentation of 65 trophies and 149 plaques to all swimmers who competed in the club championships. Special trophies were presented to swimmers for their performances throughout the year followed by an opportunity for swimmers and parents alike to show off their moves on the dance floor!

Sensationally Sweet photo booth provided us with professional snaps with trophies and some slightly less formal ones - gallery photos to view and download will be available soon.

All in all a fun night and a great opportunity to celebrate the swimmers achievements with an added bonus of raising money for the club. Thanks to everyone for supporting the event and to the helpers on the night - special thanks to the Social Team for their hard work in organising the event and to One Inn the Wood for their delicious beer and cider!
White Horse League round one (Posted on Monday, 07 March 2016)
Swimmers braved the sleet and cold to assemble at Eltham for the first round of the White Horse League 2016. There were some new faces in the selected team mixed with familiar ones, some of who moved up an age category this year.

Continuing on from the Kent success, there were many exciting races and new PB’s being achieved with some winning first place positions. Competitive team spirit saw the club finish 5th out of 8. A good solid start to the league.

Great to see the whole team looking the part, with club colours worn on poolside. Well done for supporting each other, swimming hard and making sure the Ojays Chant was heard by everyone. So much so, the announcer congratulated the team on their team chant and spirit!
Kent Team 2016 (Posted on Tuesday, 01 March 2016)
Congratulations once again to Kent Team 2016. It was great to see all the swimmers and hear the jingle jangle of all the medals last night. Well done all.
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