Pier to Pier 3km
Monday 31st July 2023
On Sunday 30th of July, current and former OOJSC swimmers headed to the coast for a 3km race between Hampton and Herne Bay piers. Strong winds made for choppy conditions and the swim was like being on rollercoaster with the ups and downs. The wind also made the start difficult, with most swimmers missing the countdown completely.
Matt Steere was in fine form and straight away in the front pack that were leading the 132 entrants along the coast. With a tail wind for the first half, it was a fun swim to Herne bay, timing the stroke to almost surf the swell and waves. Once at the Herne Bay pier though, that all changed as the swim turned around to head back to Hampton. Now instead of a fun ride, it was windmill arms to ensure the recovery hand and arm had a good chance of being above the water. Although the return was a battle, every swimmer exited the sea with a great sense of achievement and said it was a really fun swim.
Matt Steere was just beaten out of the water by 10 seconds, having been knocked about by some big waves. He finished in 2nd place in a time of 38 minutes and 15 seconds. Our next swimmer was Steve Morris, out in 12th place in 47m 12s. Niki Herbert, who swam without a wetsuit was 41st in 58m15s. Former OOJSC swimmers Jess Page was 22nd in 50m 7s and Gina Charleton was 48th in 59m 25s.
A special shout out to the only person in the 70+ age group, Sue Pearman who finished in 2 hours, 19 minutes and 49 seconds. An incredible swim, and an inspiration to us all.
Summer Nationals 2023
Monday 31st July 2023
This year the club has swimmers going to Summer National Championship competitions across 4 different nations.
Ava, Charlotte, Daisy, Ellie L, George, Tom, the Girls 17+ 200m Freestyle Relay Team of Blythe, Hannah, Samantha & Sophia and Sam (swimming with Mount Kelly).
Below is a list of events each swimmer has qualified for. The heats are either morning or afternoon with finals in the evenings. All the action can be streamed via YouTube. Please tune in and support your team mates as they compete at the pinnacle of our sport.
🏊Scottish Summer Nationals 14th – 16th July
Friday 14th July - Morning Session starts 09:00am Charlotte 100m breaststroke
Afternoon Session starts 01:15pm George 50m freestyle & 100m breaststroke
Saturday 15th July - Morning Session starts 09:00am Charlotte 200m breaststroke
Afternoon Session starts 01:15pm George 200m breaststroke
Sunday 16th July - Morning Session starts 09:00am Tom 50m breaststroke and Charlotte 50m breaststroke & 50m butterfly
🏊British Summer Championships 24th July – 28th July
Monday 24th July - Morning Session starts 08:30am Sam 200m butterfly
Tuesday 25th July – Afternoon Session starts 01:00pm Boys 17+ 200m Freestyle relay team and Sam (HDW)
Wednesday 26th July - Morning Session starts 08:30am Sam 100m butterfly
Afternoon Session starts 01:00pm Girls 17+ 200m freestyle relay team Blythe, Hannah, Samantha & Sophia (HDW)
Friday 28th July - Morning Session starts 08:30 am Sam 50m butterfly
🏊Irish Summer Nationals 26th – 29th July
Wednesday 26th July - Morning Session starts 09:00am Ava 200m backstroke
Saturday 29th July – Afternoon Session starts at 12:00pm Ava 100m freestyle
Sunday 30th July - Morning Session starts at 09:00am Ava 100m backstroke
🏊English Summer Nationals 2nd August – 6th August
Thursday 3rd August - Morning Session starts 09:00am Daisy 50m freestyle
Afternoon session starts TBA Ellie L 1500m freestyle (HDW)
Sunday 6th August - Morning session starts 09:00am Sam 200m backstroke
Afternoon session start TBA Ellie L800m freestyle (HDW)