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Arena League (Round 3)

Tue 11/Dec/2018

The final round of the Arena League saw our team make the journey to Mote Park in Maidstone. We had already improved on last year's result just by competing in the second gala but we still had much to prove. Our swimmers, which included some underage ones, have impressed many with their swims, team spirit and organisation were once again in high spirits. Throughout the evening our swimmers with juggling between finishing mostly in 2nd and 5th place which lead to Orpington Ojays team finishing joint fourth with Sevenoaks on points but we were awarded the 4th position based on number of first places finishes. This great effort gave our swimmers a well-deserved 10th place overall at the end of the league which is an impressive four places improvement over last year. Congratulations to everyone for the great results and thanks to swimmers, parents, officials and coaches for the great support shown throughout this gala season.

Kent Junior League Champions

Tue 20/Nov/2018

On Saturday 17th November we went to Tunbridge Wells to compete in the final round of the Kent Junior League. After an excellent night of racing, cheering and determination we won the gala on the night. With excellent performances in the earlier rounds, this meant our swimmers collected a nice shiny trophy and they have the honour of being League Champions! We last won this league in 2007 and 1998 so it had been a long time coming and was celebrated with swimmers and coach alike launching themselves into the pool. A great night and a great season in the league. Well done all and thanks to all the helpers, officials, captains and coaches.

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Arena League (Round 2)

Tue 13/Nov/2018

On the evening of Saturday 10th November, our team of excited swimmers made their way to Crook Log for the second round of the Arena League. The competition was fierce but our swimmers dealt with the pressure well, performing to their best. The points remained close between us, Erith, and Bromley B throughout the gala; with all three clubs battling for 3rd place. In the end, we narrowly finished in a respectable 4th place. This puts us in a great position in the league (3 places higher than last year!) going into the final round. Thank you to our swimmers for putting out great performances throughout the night, parents for their support, our coaches and all the officials whom without this gala would not be able to happen.

Winter Regionals

Tue 06/Nov/2018

Well done to 17 of our best swimmers who represented Orpington Ojays at the Winter Regional short course championship held at the London Aquatic Centres. Having only 16 and under and 17 and over this was a tough event with elite swimmers from all London clubs participating. With almost double the number of Orpington Ojays swimmers and swims (from previous years) we had a great time on poolside cheering the great performances shown in all the events the program held with many personal bests in all distances and strokes and a few finals. Well done to Max Peel, Alethea West, Alice Leng, Ben Langdown, Blythe Jolley-Ellis, Callum Baronti, Clio Bacon, Ellie Harden, Hannah Strover, Jess Herbert, Justin Strover, Matilda Barrett, Michael Phillips, Nam Nguyen, Rachel Langdown, Samantha Jackson and Sophia O’Neill. Congratulations to our finalists Clio Bacon in 50m free improving her position by 2 places finishing 7th, 200m Individual Medley confirming 7th place and shortly after 100m Freestyle finishing 10th. Callum in the 50m breaststroke coming 8th with two massive P.B.s in the heat and final and also for smashing a long-standing short course club record! Thanks to swimmers, parents and officials who supported this event.

Kent Development Meet

Wed 31/Oct/2018

Nearly 30 swimmers from Orpington Ojays took part in the Kent Development on the last weekend of October at Medway Park Gillingham. The aim of the event is to encourage more entrants and is a great opportunity for swimmers to get a Kent medal. As the title says, it's a development meet so KCASA 2018 County qualifiers cannot compete in the events they have achieved a consideration time. Every swimmer competing achieved PB's in many, if not all of the events they entered, with many getting close to both consideration and automatic qualifying times for the KCASA 2019 Championships. Charlotte Field and Katie Gough won Golds in the girls 200m Breaststroke in the 10 and 14 age groups respectively. In the 50m Butterfly Charlotte Field took Bronze in age 10 Blythe Jolley-Ellis took Gold in at the age 14. Mateo Rodriguez-Aparic won Silver in the boys age 13 100m Fly. In the girls 100m Freestyle, Lauren Bond took Silver in the age 12 and Eve Peel and Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the 13 and 14 age groups. In the gruelling 200m Fly, Ava Hickey won Gold, Ellie Brown Bronze and Safiya Ismail Silver in the 10, 13 and 14 age groups. Our young girls were on form in the 100m Breaststroke with Charlotte Bloodworth winning Silver and Ava Hickey Bronze in the age 10. Another ten year old, Xian Ming Li, won Bronze in the boys 50m Backstroke. In the super competitive girls 50m Freestyle, Lauren Bond won Bronze in the 12 year age group. In the boys 100m IM, Niccolo Cavasino won Gold in the 12 years age group. To round off Saturdays competition, the girls 14 years 200m Freestyle team achieved Bronze. The Orpington Ojays swimmers returned bright and early on Sunday morning, no doubt benefitting from the clocks going back an hour and an extra hour in bed! In the first event of the day, the girls 200m Backstroke, Ava Hickey won Silver and Charlotte Field Bronze in the 10 year age group and Ellie Blaney won Bronze in age 13. In the girls 50m Breaststroke, Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the 14 age group. Niccolò Cavasino won another Gold in the age 12 50m Butterfly, while in the girls 100m Butterfly Charlotte Field won Silver, Grace Tume Gold (despite leaking goggles and being unable to see!) and Blythe Jolley-Ellis won Gold in the age 10, 12 and 14 age groups respectively. In the Boys 100m Freestyle, Louis Taylor won an impressive Gold in the 11 year old age group. The 200m IM saw more medals for the girls with Silver for Ava Hickey, Bronze for Ellie Blaney and Silver for Blythe Jolley-Ellis. Eve Peel took Bronze in the 200m Freestyle, and in the Girls 100m Backstroke medals were won by Charlotte Bloodworth (Silver), Ellie Blaney (Bronze) and Blythe Jolley-Ellis (Gold). Ayse Dourmoush won Silver in the girls age 14 50m Backstroke. Annabelle Robinson swam brilliantly to win Gold in the age 10 100m IM, Ellie Blaney won Gold and Ayse Dormouse another Silver. Special congratulations to our younger swimmers who were competing for the first time.

Arena League

Tue 23/Oct/2018

For the National Arena League, a team of keen swimmers travelled to Horsham via coach for the first round. This is the most prestigious gala we enter so it was an important fixture. The competition was very tough and throughout the night, there was a battle for third place between us and South Croydon. A series of amazing swims resulted in us leading by a single point before the final relays. This put an even greater significance on the last set of relays and our swimmers stepped up and swam very well rounding off the night with a victory in the men’s 6x50m freestyle relay. We all waited nervously for the final score and then it was announced that we’d finished 3rd by 1 point over South Croydon, a vast improvement from our initial ranking coming into the gala. Well done to all the swimmers and coaches who put out a great performance and to the parents for their support.

Swim England South East Short Course Masters Championships

Sun 07/Oct/2018

A massive congratulations to Gina Charleton from Masters Squad who took all her age group Gold Medals for the freestyle distances at the Swim England South East Short Course Masters Championships in Guildford. Gina is fighting back after illnesses and injuries for the last 3 years so it's wonderful to see her hard work and determination paying off.

Season Starter

Mon 01/Oct/2018

On Sunday we held our "Season Starter" Open Meet at Medway Park. This event is one of the most important dates on the club's calendar. With the closure of Medway Tunnel the day got off to slightly delayed start but all the officials and volunteers worked hard and quickly got the proceedings back on track. With 10 clubs fielding swimmers; poolside, the spectator gallery and the kit shop were all busy places. A fantastic series of great swims resulting in numerous personal bests and medals were swum in this busy event. As always this was accompanied by a friendly poolside atmosphere, a great team spirit, loud parents cheering and sunshine between the sessions. Thank you to all our swimmers, parents, coaches and officials for an extremely smooth and efficient running of our annual meet. The cherry on top was that we retained the Top Club Trophy. Happy swimmers, happy parents, happy coaches! The Top Club trophy will be presented at our club training night.

We have a new Judge

Thu 27/Sep/2018

Congratulations to Elena Herbert, our Welfare Officer, who has completed her Level 1 Judge course. The role of a Competitive Swimming Judge 1 is to time swimmers during competitions and observe swimmers at the turn or finish of a race to ensure adherence to the rules of the sport. England, Scotland and Wales are in alignment over the training of swimming officials. This means training is standardised across the UK. All three Home Countries now use FINA Technical Rules. As such, trained officials are listed as British Swimming Officials. If you are interested in joining our poolside team please talk to Mandy Baronti.

Erith and District Sprint Meet

Tue 25/Sep/2018

The first Open Meet of the season saw our team travel just up the road to Crook Log, so close that a convoy wasn't needed. As always, a warm welcome was received from our friends and rivals at Erith and District Swimming Club. It was a fast and exciting day with loads of amazing swims this early in the season. Erith and District added to the fun with a stroke of genius; the winner of every heat won a very cute rubber duck! All the swimmers, male, female from 9 years old up to 17 were extremely keen to get their hands on these sought-after prizes. There was a huge choice of rubber ducks. The swimmers jangled their medals and showed off their ducks with pride. A great day at the pool was topped off with three of our swimmers being crowned Top Sprinter in their age groups. Special congratulations to Alice Leng, Samantha Jackson and Ellie Blaney. Well done everyone.

Kent Junior League

Tue 11/Sep/2018

The first competition after the summer break was the second round of the Kent Junior League. Despite being only a week back to full training our young swimmers were terrific in every race, on pb or faster and achieving valuable points. Accoring to the unofficial results we won the round by 35 points. Congratulations to all our swimmers; now it's back to training for round 3!

Meg joins Lewis Pugh in TheLongSwim

Thu 30/Aug/2018

On the last day of the massive swim undertaken by Lewis Pugh, ex Masters squad swimmer Meg Forbes was invited into the English Channel to swim the last kilometre or so by Dave Chisolm from Kingsdown Crawlers. Lewis has swum 560km (348 miles) along the length of the English Channel from Land's End in Cornwall to Dover in Kent. The swim was broken down into 10-20km swims and took 49 days to complete. Lewis took on the challenge to raise awareness of the threat to UK Coastal waters from plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change. There are a couple of more photos in the gallery.

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