The first round of The White Horse League was held on Saturday 9th March at Dagenham. Well done to all our swimmers who participated. There was a great atmosphere on poolside and our swimmers didn't miss an opportunity to make us proud. They all swam extremely well again with pbs and top 3 places. We finished second overall. dispute some speeding tickets. The evening concluded with happy faces and a louder than ever chant!
Thank you to all parents officials, helpers and coaches for a great evening.
Orpington Ojays and Eirth District hosted the Spring Charity Meet which saw an amazing turn out from our team with a total of 70 swimmers. We had a lot of personal bests and a lot of top 3 swimmers in the older age groups and top 6 in the younger age groups which was great to see, but the main aim for most of the swimmers was to win a duck. This was achieved by winning the heat, so captain Nam went to all the swimmers urging them to swim for the duck which got a great reception from all the swimmers. With this immediate aim in sight lots of ducks were won so well done to all the swimmers that won a duck.
A big thank you goes to all the volunteers that helped out over the weekend; without you meets like this wouldn't run, and to all the parents that were supporting in the spectators gallery.
Saturday 2nd March 2019
On Friday 1st March we celebrated with our annual presentation evening. Thank you to our Social Secretary Michelle O'Neill for organising another great event and of course, thank you to all those who help make the evening a smooth running enjoyable success.
Congratulations to all who received awards, no doubt they are already up at home in pride of place. Keep them shiny, they are all well deserved.
Saturday 23rd February saw Orpington Ojays swimmers Travel to Eltham Pools for the Second round of the Tudor League. We came in 8th place, and are now placed 7th in the league, but we had some very good swims from our swimmers and it was good to see some new faces on the starting blocks. We had great support from all the swimmers throughout the gala cheering each other on. We had a total of 4 1st places from the 9/10yrs Boys Freestyle and Medley Relay, Andrew Magcanan in the 9/10yrs 50m Freestyle and Joella Binns in the Girls 12u 50m Freestyle.
Thanks to the Team Managers Gina and Club Captain Ellie Harden for all there hard work making sure the swimmers are up for their races on time. Also for all the support from the parents cheering the team on during the gala.
Joe drops in
Tuesday 26th February 2019
On Monday 25th of February, Platinum squad had a visit from their former coach Joe Gaster who was invited down so that the swimmers could present him with some gifts.
Joe thanked his swimmers for their continued dedication to swimming and for all they had taught him about coaching and leadership. Unfortunately, his new job in London means that he is unable to make the training times. Whilst working though he will now be reminded of his swimmers as, along with a canvas photo of the some of the squad, he was presented with a set of cufflinks with Pt 78 engraved on them. Platinum is a chemical element with symbol Pt and atomic number 78.
Congratulations on your new job Joe and we look forward to your return one day when your schedule permits.
At our Sprints Gala held at the end of the Club Championships in December, we raffled a hamper for charity. Thank you to all who entered; your donations raised a wonderful £186.90.
Our Club Captains chose this year’s charity, Greenwich & Bexley Hospice, and Ellie (Vice Captain) presented Jack with the money on behalf of the club.
Kents 2019 Weekend 4
Tuesday 12th February 2019
For the last weekend of this years individual races, our swimmers again headed to Crystal Palace. The first event was the girls 100m Breaststroke. Charlotte Field started the proceedings and made the final coming 4th with a 6 second PB. Alice Leng also made the final and came 5th improving on her heat time. Samantha Jackson just missed out on a final position as did Abigal Leeves. The boys had the 200m Backstroke that was heat declared winner. Thomas Barret finished 6th, Samual Ryan got the Silver position, Max Peel was also 6th with Justin Strover 12th and his brother Ben 5th.
The afternoon continued with boys backstroke but the distance was now 100m. Joshua Hill raced a 3 second PB and Thomas Barrett a 2 second PB. Sam Ryan swam a 1 second PB in the final and won the Gold. Justin Strover swam a long course PB and Billy Birchmore swam just off PB. Ben Langdown qualified 6th for the final and swam a PB to get 5th in the final. Max Peel qualified for the final and finished 6th, Ben Strover qualified 6th and finished 5th.
The afternoon session for the girls was 200m Breaststroke. Charlotte Field won the Silver, Samantha Jackson swam a PB for 4th as did Alice Lang for 6th.
On Sunday, the girls started with 100m Butterfly. Ava Hickey swam a 4 sec pb and Charlotte Field was a moment behind her with a 2 second pb. Amie Gould, Blythe Jolley-Ellis, Samantha Jackson, and Lilli Cutajar also competed and swam well. The boys followed in the 200m Freestyle with Billy Birchmore just off pb, while Thomas Barrett, Callum Baronti, Nam Nguyen and Sam Ryan all swam pb's and Sam came 6th. There were also good swims but just off pb for Justin and Ben Strover.
The last session was the 100m Freestyle for the boys and the 200m Butterfly for the girls. Callum Baronti swam a 2 second PB putting him into the 58 point group, Billy Birchmore was again just off pb, Louis Taylor, Thomas Barrett, Max Peel, Michael Phillips Ben Strover were on pb. Sam Ryan improved his time and position from heat to final and won Bronze. For the girls 200 Butterfly Ava Hickey finished 4th with a PB. Amie Lawrence also swam a pb, and Lilli Cutajar and Jess Herbert were just off pb.
Congratulations to all our swimmers, not only for this weekend but all four weekends and for the training put in to achieve the results.
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It is with great sadness that we hear that our former Masters Squad swimmer Meg Forbes has passed away at the age of 28.
Meg was an amazing athlete; among her many accomplishments was swimming the English Channel at the age 16 in a time of 14 hours and 27 minutes. Last year, 2018, she completed Ironman Wales at her second attempt, the Ride London 100 miles and on August 29th, Meg was in Dover to swim alongside Lewis Pugh in the last section of his Long Swim challenge, which was to swim from Land’s End to Dover. Towards the end of the year, she had joined the diving club at the London Aquatic Centre to learn another discipline. Away from sport, she also appeared on the TV Quiz show Eggheads and had recently been engaged.
Her last tweet at the start of this year shows how she was always caring for and thinking of others.
“With many of us returning to work today for the start of 2019 this is a helpful reminder to look after ourselves, and to recognise the symptoms of burnout in time to do something about it.”
Her fiancé, Clive Meyers, has said on Facebook that there will be a celebration of her life at Barham Crematorium (Canterbury Road, Barham, Canterbury CT4 6QU) on Thursday 28th February at midday and then moving to Dover Marina Hotel (Waterloo Cres, Dover CT17 9BP). There is no dress code for those wishing to attend.
On behalf of everyone at our club, we offer our sincere condolences to her fiancé, her family and her friends.
More Podiums in Kents Third Weekend
Tuesday 5th February 2019
The third weekend of the Kents was agina at Crystal Palace. The girls had freestyle and backstroke events and the boys were racing fly and breaststroke.
The first session was the boys 100m Fly and the girls 200m Freestyle. For the boys we had Joshua Hill 12th, Sam Ryan, Callum Baronti and Billy Birchmore. Sam was seeded 2nd for the final and improved his heat time by over 2 seconds to take another Gold medal with a PB. Billy Birchmore also swam a PB earning him another Gold medal also. Callum Baronti also swam a PB in his final earning himseld the 4th place. The girls 200m Freestyle was heat declared winner and we had Charlotte Field 10th, Ava Hickey 13th, Sophia O'Neill 6th, Amie Lawrence 16th, Samantha Jackson 9th, Jess Herbert 11th and Matilda Barrett 14th.
We had great swims also in the 100m free for Charlotte Field, Ava Hickey, Jess Herbert, Matilda Barrett and Blythe Holley-Ellis and Clio Bacon. Congratulations to Sophia O'Neill and Samantha Jackson for making the finals for their age group and improving their positions. Sophia finished 5th and Samantha won the bronze.
Great efforts and massive one for Sam Ryan finishing 3rd and Callum Baronti 4th in the last event of the day boys 200 butterfly.
On Sunday the Kents started with the boys 100m Breaststroke. Callum made the final and came 7th with a good swim. We also had pbs from Thomas Barrett and Louis Taylor, just off his pb but with a good swim was Billy Birchmore. In the girls 200m Back we had a 4th from Sophia O'Neill with a Long Course pb and a 7th from Ava Hickey. Charlotte Field also swam a PB, Hannah Strover swam a LC PB and Jess Herbert was just outside hers.
For the final session of the third weekend our girls raced the 100 Backstroke. We had 2 finalists Sophia Oneill in the 13yrs coming 3rd with a awesome swim and a Pb and Hannah Strover in the 14yrs coming 8th with a pb in the heat. We also had some great pbs and swims from Samantha Jackson, Ava Hickey, Blythe Jolley-Ellis, Shabs Leeves and we had a good effort from Ellie Harden feeling under the weather but giving it her best. In the boys 200m Breaststroke Louis Taylor came 6th with a big Pb.
Well to all our swimmers on another fantastic weekend of top quality racing.
Kents 2019 Weekend number Two
Tuesday 29th January 2019
The second weekend of Kents 2019 moved to Crystal Palace for the longer distance events. Once again our swimmers produced some fantastic swims resulting in many personal best times and finals.
Sophia O'Neill started us off with a massive 18 second PB in the 400m IM placing her 7th. Max Peel and Justin Strover followed in the 400m Freestyle, both with PBs and finishing 8th and 7th respectively. In the youngest age group for the girls event Charlotte Field finished 8th with a 10 second PB and Eva Hickey who finished 12th with a converted PB. Samantha Jackson followed suit finsihing 4th with a massive PB and Jess Herbert finished 9th and Matilda Barrett came back from injury with a PB and finsihed 13th.
Sunday started with the girls 200IM and Samantha Jackson swam another 6 second PB winning a Bronze Medal. Charlotte Field and Alice Lang also swam strong just off their pb's. For the boys Thomas Barrett just missed 8th place despite a 3 second PB and Ben Langdown finished just off his converted time. Billy Birchmore pulled out a 50m fly PB to start the 200IM and kept going to finish just off PB. What Billy did also was finish in 8th position in regular classification which is quite an achievement.
Justin Strover was our sole swimmer in the last session which was 1500m for the girls and 800m for the boys. A long tough race Justin started with a 1:03 for his first hundred and swam his last on 1:10 to finish in 4th.
Congratulations to all our swimmers for another great weekend of racing.
Two Kent Champions in the first Weekend
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
The weekend of 19th and 20th of January was the start of the Kents 2019. Our team headed to the London Aquatic Centre to race in arguably the best pool in the country. With their named hats arriving just in time thanks to Julie Strover, our swimmers showed that all the hard training in their respective squads each week pays off.
Sam Ryan powered down the 50m pool in both the Freestyle and the Butterfly to claim the title of Kent Champion in both events. Billy Birchmore was also leading the way and he to took the title of Kent Champion in the 50m Freestyle. Max Peel and Clio Bacon won Silver medals and we had five other finalist swimmers. Justin Strover and Alice Leng finished 4th in their events, Samantha Jackson got a two 5th places, Callum Baronti got two 6th places and Ellie Harden got an 8th.
Our swimmers produced excellent swims and lots of PBs. This is an incredibly high standard championship and just achieving qualification is something to be extremely proud of. Well done everyone.
Swim South East LC Masters 2019
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Congratulations to Kayleigh Knocker and Gina Charleton who competed in the Swim South East LC Masters 2019 at the weekend. Both girls competed in the 50m, 100m Freestyle, Gina in the 200m Freestyle and Kayleigh in the 50m Backstroke
Gina swam a PB in the 50 Freestyle and won Silver in the 400m Freestyle.
A Dozen Gold Medals at KWSS Open
Monday 14th January 2019
Along with the Cantebury Icebreaker we also had swimmers at the KWSS Open where 28 of our swimmers competed for their last chance to gain their Kent Championship times.
The swimmers who took part include Christy Barker, Thomas Barret, Charlotte Bloodworth, Lauren Bond, Alice Brown, Ellie Brown, Alexandra Cioran, Olivia Cioran, Lilli Cutajar, Charlotte Field, Pranav Garg, Katie Gough, Lauran Gough, Ellie Harden, Jessica Herbert, Ava Hickey, Blythe Jolly-Ellis, Agata Kuszneruk, Amie Lawrence, Alice Leng, Nam Nguyen, Samuel Ryan, Hugo Tonks, Neve Tooby, Grace Tune, Alethea West, Zoe White and Milly Whitehead,
At the end of the weekend our team had 61 medals in the top 6 positions including 12 Golds, 14 Silver and 10 Bronze; lots of PB's and many with those all important Kent Times. Congratulations to you all.
Tuesday 8th January 2019
As always the year starts off with the popular Canterbury Icebreak meet and our team were in good spirits aiming for those Kent Times and Personal Bests. The swimmers we had participating over the weekend were the Girls Club Captain Rachel Langdown, Boys Vice Captain Max Peel, Abigail Leeves (Shabs), Eve Peel, Sophia O'Neill, Ben Langdown, Samantha Jackson, Amelia Frisby, Niccolo Cavasino and Annabelle Robinson. Overall we had a total of 13 medals and 12 Personal Bests. Gold Medals went to Sophia O'Neill in the 200 Backstroke and Samantha Jackson in the 50 Backstroke. Silver Medals went to Rachel Langdown in the 200 IM and 50 Backstroke and her brother Ben in the 100 Free, 200 IM and 50 Free, Amelia Frisby 200 Breaststroke, Sophia O'Neill in the 100 Breaststroke, Samantha Jackson in the 400 IM and 100 Backstroke. Bronze Medal to Samantha Jackson in the 100 Butterfly and Sophia O'Neill in the 200 Free. Personal Bests came from Max Peel in the 50,100 and 200 Free, Ben Langdown in the 200 IM, 50 and 100 Free, Rachel Langdown in the 200 IM and 50 Backstroke, Abigail Leeves in the 50 Free, Samantha Jackson in the 50 Backstroke and Amelia Frisby and Sophia O'Neill in the 100 Breaststroke.
A wonderful start to 2019 both in the pool, on poolside and in the spectator gallery. We received some very nice feedback on our entire team and as always our thanks goes to everyone representing our club in every capacity.