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.

Full results

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)

Ojays take second place in the Tudor League

Monday 26th June 2023

In an exhilarating finale to The Tudor League, our ojays team put in an awe-inspiring performance, securing a commendable second-place finish in the league. The stakes were high as we vied to defend our coveted shield against formidable rivals Bexley who were just a point ahead of us going into the last round. Although narrowly missing out on the top spot, our swimmers left an indelible mark, delivering a series of outstanding performances that we can be very proud of. Congratulations to our 53 swimmers who participated in the Tudor League over the course of the six rounds: Aaron, Aarya, Alex, Alexandru, Alice, Andrew, Andrey, Ansh, Anya, Benjamin, Callum, Carys, Ciar, Conrad, Eisen, Eliot, Ellie G, Ellie B, Elliot, Emilia, Emilie, Emily, Emily, Eve, Faith, Finola, Fotios, George, Grace, Hana, Henry, Isabel, Jack, Jacob, James C, James Y, Lauren B, Lauren A, Lucas, Max, Mia, Mingyang, Olivia, Philip, Pia, Pragnya, Roslyn, Saahithi, Saanvika, Samuel, Scarlett, Shekinah, Shilin and Simon In the end it it was a 2-horse race and it just came down to 2 more event wins than us and just 1.5 points difference in points!

Kent Masters Championships 2023

Tuesday 20th June 2023

Sunday 11th June saw two of our Masters swimmers, Max Peel and Ben Langdown, competing in the Kent Masters Championships at Medway Park in the Men's 18-24 category. It was fantastic to see both swimmers back in the pool doing what they do best and demonstrating that they are still performing right at the top of their game. We are extremely proud to announce that we now have a new three times Masters County champion at the club in Max who secured the gold medals in 50m Backstroke (29.12s), 100m IM (1:16.55s) and 100m Backstroke (1.03.73s) where he smashed his personal best by -0.37 seconds. He also secured the silver medal in the 50m Fly with a time of 28.64s. If that wasn’t enough success for one day Ben Langdown swam in the 50m Breast and 50m Freestyle and secured silver medals in both events with incredible times of 32.33s and 25.40s respectively, just pipping Max in both those events who also secured the Bronze medals. What a fantastic achievement for both of our swimmers in their first attempt at the championships and demonstrating the depth and quality that we now have across all our competitive squads. Watch this space as we look forward to more of the same from the extremely talented swimmers we have in Masters going forward. A massive congratulations to you both from everyone at the club!

Crawley Summer Splash Gala

Monday 12th June 2023

Orpington Ojays Swim Club put in an outstanding performance at last Saturday’s Crawley Summer Splash gala, showcasing our swimmer’s exceptional talent and determination in the early morning hours and despite the long day ahead in the heat, every swimmer rose to the occasion making the club and parents proud. With an impressive 60% of entries resulting in a top 6 finish, Ojays proved their mettle against tough competition and made their mark securing an impressive total of 43 medals.... and that's over half of all our swimmers competing securing at least a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place medal! Among the highlights were several swimmers who also earned their first-ever medal, marking a significant milestone in their swimming journey. An astounding 53% of swims resulted in personal best (PB) times, an achievement reflecting the dedication and hard work put in by our swimmers and demonstrating their commitment to constant improvement. Their positive attitude and discipline and support for each other throughout the day was truly a credit to the club and a testament to the values instilled by their coaches and parents. Congratulations to all the swimmers for their incredible achievements, and Orpington Ojays can proudly celebrate their success, knowing they have represented their club with unwavering dedication and class. Thank you to coaches Joe and Simon, Team Managers Jo, Mark and Shereen, and to our truly exceptional officials Andre, Carl, Chih, Lindsay and Mark for supporting this event and making it possible for us to take part in this competition.

East Grinstead Open Gala

Sunday 21st May 2023

On Sunday, Ojays travelled to K2 in Crawley for the East Grinstead short course open meet We had an incredible day with some fantastic swims from all our athletes competing against 10 other clubs. By the end of the day, we had achieved an amazing 22 Golds, 12 Silvers and 3 Bronze medals with over half of all 149 individual swims getting a top 6 placing. Our 35 swimmers racked up 110 personal bests which is 75% of all swims. A special mention goes to Aaron for bringing home an incredible 6 gold medals. A big thank you to Sam for coaching and team managers Jo, Mark and Caroline. Our officials Andre, Caroline, Mark, Sarah and Sophie and to all our swimmers for setting a shining example and showing that success is not only measured by performance in the pool, but by the way we conduct ourselves and support our fellow Ojay’s swimmers. Also well done to Mark for passing his British Swimming J2S assessment. Not only a significant personal achievement, but demonstrates a fantastic commitment to the club that will enable us to continue to have licenced club championships and galas going forward. Those that would like to volunteer a little bit of their time, develop a deeper appreciation of their children’s sport and join the group parents that support the club as an official and facilitate our ability to enter our children into galas then please email for more information. Photographs of the gala can be viewed by signing into your Team Unify account and accessing the Photos option on the main portal page. Additionally, you can purchase professional photographs of the event at and using the password K2GALA

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Tudor League Round 5

Saturday 20th May 2023

Well done to our Tudor team last Saturday where we witnessed a fantastic team performance showing great resilience under pressure. With just 1 round remaining we came 3rd on the night and a good result by Bexley pushed us down into second place overall with it all now to play for in the final. This is to be held on 17th June 2023, so keep the date free - with just one point in it and a good lead over the others this might between us and Bexley on the night! It was a smoothly run gala and we performed our hosting duties well and a big thank you to all those that put themselves forward to help. Coach Nick Team Managers Jo, Shereen and Kirsten Captains Hannah and Lauren Officials Lindsay, Caroline, Andre and Mark Scoring Dave, Rob Announcer Julie Refreshments Aaron and Felicity See you all on the 17th June and fingers crossed we can put out a great team again and become champions for a second year running. Go Ojays!

Ojays shine at the London Regional 2023 Champs

Monday 1st May 2023

Orpington Ojays have been making waves at the London Regional swimming championships over the last couple of weekends with some impressive swims over our 51 individual events from the 15 athletes that qualified. Together with our impressive relay teams we brought home a total of four medals, including two golds, one silver, and one bronze and 19 finals to finish 20th out of 41 qualifying clubs from the 88 in the London region. A standout individual performance of the championships came from Daisy, who swam a blistering race in the 50m freestyle final to take the gold medal with a club record-breaking time of 28.35. Her performance puts her in contention for a place at the English Nationals, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication she has put into her training. A big congratulations to Blythe on her 200m Backstroke bronze medal and to Aaron (2), Andrew (1), Blythe (1), Daisy (3), Ellie (2), George (1), Lucas (2) and Samantha (1) on attaining new personal bests. Another highlight of the championships was the girls 17 and over 4x200m freestyle relay team (Blythe, Hannah, Samantha, Sophia) , who had an incredible and exciting race to secure the gold medal. The team showed great teamwork and determination, and their victory is a well-deserved reward for their efforts. The video of this can be seen together with a collection of photos here. Overall, Orpington Ojays put in a strong showing at the championships and we would like to congratulate all the swimmers who took part. Their success is a testament to their hard work, talent, and dedication, and we are sure that they will continue to go from strength to strength in the future. Thank you to Joe Gaster, Sam Gaster, Julie, Mark and our officials for all you your hard work over the course of 5 days.

Tudor League Round 4 - Results

Friday 28th April 2023

Another great performance from our Tudor League swimmers on Saturday has kept us on top of the table with just 2 rounds left. Some great individual and relay swims gave us 11 race wins, 7 second places, 5 third places and just one time fault that gave us 235 points to secure third place on the night with congratulations going to Erith on their gala win. We now look forward to round 5 on Saturday 20th May (reserve the date) where we are joint hosts with Eltham Stingrays. We will be asking for assistance with various jobs around the pool and we will need parents to volunteer for computer time recording, announcing, door and refreshment duties. Thank you to Jo, Sheeren and Kirsten for Team Managing with assistance from Daisy, Captain Lauren and Coach Sam and officials Caroline, Myra and Mark.

Kent Junior League - Round 1

Saturday 1st April 2023

We want to say a massive well done to all who swam at Kent Junior League at the weekend. For many, it was one of your first competitions, and you not only made the club proud, but yourselves too. Well done! It was a fantastic effort from all of you, and your support was much appreciated. We finished 6th on the night and are currently14th in the league

Ojays win round three of the Tudor League

Monday 20th March 2023

A fantastic first place result in the Tudor League last night will now take us to the top of the league table. After being placed first in 13 events and and second in a further 13 events out of 48 we secured an amazing 275 points to win the gala. That's our best result in the competition to date, so well done to all swimmers that took part. You did yourselves and the club very proud indeed. Big thanks to Coach Nick, Team Mangers Jo and Shereen with Daisy assisting, Lauren captaining and to Caroline, Grant and Mark for officiating. 1️⃣ 275 Orpington Ojays 2️⃣ 229 Erith & District 3️⃣ 227 Bexley 4️⃣ 220 Greenwich 5️⃣ 197 Tonbridge 6️⃣ 187 Dartford & District 7️⃣ 178 Whiteoak 8️⃣ 175 Eltham Stingrays

Faith and Finola

Thursday 9th March 2023

Two of our swimmers, Faith Wellard and Finola Barker, have been selected to take part in the Kent Swimming 2023 development camp. A huge achievement in such a competitive county. Well done, girls!

Good Luck Aaron in the ESSA Championships

Thursday 9th March 2023

It is a pleasure to announce that Aaron Magcanan of Top squad has been selected to represent London at this year’s English Schools Swimming Association Inter Divisional Championships going ahead this weekend in Coventry. Aaron has been chosen amongst some of the best swimmers in London, so this is a real honour and a fantastic achievement for himself and the club. The competition is a licensed level 1 meet, with swimmers competing to a National standard. The swimmers in his age group will also be being considered for the World School Games in Brazil this August so fingers crossed for this too. Aaron, wishing you the best of luck from your coaches and everyone at the club and you will, I am sure, do yourself and the club very proud indeed. Go Ojays!

Orpington Ojays and EDSC Spring Gala

Sunday 5th March 2023

Thank you to all swimmers, coaches and volunteers for your help supporting our wonderful gala last weekend. Our parents, coaches and club organisers did an amazing job with both days running extremely smoothly and it was all worth it with almost all swimmers getting personal bests and over half getting one or more top 3 medals. For those awaiting their gold medals (we won that many we actually ran out of a few), these are ordered and on their way! We had lots of swimmers collecting ducks as heat prizes and a number of swimmers smashing it out of the park achieving new regional qualification times too! All times have now been updated to Swim England rankings and are available on the system. Upcoming galas (NUEL and Summer Regionals) have been updated with new personal bests, so please check your entries. A gentle reminder that entries for the NUEL Level 1 National qualifier at the Aquatic Centre closes on 9th March, and the 400m freestyle Club Champs Gala 1 on Monday 20th March, closes on the 12th.

Kent Championships Success

Sunday 26th February 2023

Well done to all those that took part in the Kent Championships over 4 weekends that came to a conclusion on Sunday 26th February. As a club we came 11th in the distance events at K2 Crawley and 12th at the London Aquatic Centre out of the 26 clubs that qualified and the 44 swimming clubs in Kent. We achieved 48 Medals including 6 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals, 7 more than last year! There were some amazing swims with the majority of achieving personal bests. A special congratulations to Blythe who is now the Open Ladies champion in 100m Fly and won the Beckenham Ladies Dish.

Tudor League Round 2

Saturday 18th February 2023

Congratulations on another fantastic performance from the Tudor League team on Saturday 18th February. Well done everyone who took part and a warm welcome to those participating for the first time. We were in the lead at the halfway point with the top 3 places changing all the way through the gala. With Orpington just a half point ahead of the rest going into the final squadron event we eventually finished 3rd with just 2.5 points separating the top 3. We had our best ever placings with ten 1st places and nine 2nd places. Its now very close with 3 rounds to go so please reserve the 18th March for Round 3! Thank you to all the volunteers, officials and coaches as usual that make these events possible! 1st Places Girls Open Freestyle – Emily B Boys 12/u Medley Relay - Ben, Philip, Lucas, Conrad Boys 14/u Medley Relay – Eliot, Fotios, Shekinah, Jack Girls 10/u Breaststroke – Mia Boys 12/u Butterfly – Lucas Mixed Open Medley Relay - Lauren, Samuel, Eisen, Max Girls 14/u Backstroke – Carys Girls 14/u Freestyle Relay - Finola, Emily C, Pragnya, Carys Boys 12/u Backstroke – Ben Boys 14/u Breaststroke – Fotios Mixed Open Freestyle Relay - Callum, Emily B, Samuel, Lauren

Great Start to Tudor League 2023

Thursday 26th January 2023

The results are in for Round 1 of this years Tudor League ....and we are off the blocks with a second place finish! Well done to all those that took part and a pat on the back for the many new swimmers, some of whom were competing in their first ever gala. We had 5 first place, 8 second place and 10 third place finishes, including some fantastic PBs.There was a great team spirit as usual and we look forward to the next round on Saturday 18th February.

Kent record for Billy

Monday 9th January 2023

Billy Birchmore has just received his certificate for becoming S14 Kent county record holder in 200 IM which he achieved at the 2022 Kent Championships last year…better late than never! Well done Bill!