Matt and Steve from Masters squad, once again made their way down the M20 J4 to Leybourne Lakes on Wednesday evening for the first Ocean Lake Tri Aquathlon of the year. Matt and Steve have attended these events for numerous years now; and Matt has never lost.
The first one of the year was no different. Matt led for the start and finished with a commanding lead.
Matt completed the 1500m swim in 20mins 27 seconds, and Steve was 3rd out in 23mins 4 seconds. Between our two was an Ocean Lake Tri member who Steve managed to overtake on the 5km run, but was sadly also overtaken by the 4th place swimmer. Matt completed the 5km run in 21 mins 29 seconds which includes transition! He won the event by almost 5 minutes which is incredible considering all of the other eight athletes are all from triathlon clubs.
This is a wonderfully friendly and small event, and ideal for anyone wanting to try an open water and run event. Splash 'n' Dash. You can choose 750m or 1500m swim followed by either a 2.5km or 5km run. There is one a month on a Wednesday evening in May, June, July and August.
Congratulations to Matt and Steve.
Last weekend saw our senior swimmers head to their Regionals at the LAC. We enjoyed an array of success in PB’s and medals! Over both the senior and youth regionals, we achieved 3 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals including a 2nd place for our girls 17+ 4 x 200 medley team and a 3rd place for the girls 14-16 4 x 200 freestyle relay team. Our swimmers also achieved a further 21 finals.
Well done to every single one of you who competed, you should be nothing but proud of yourselves!
Gina joins GB Team Age Group Squad
Saturday 9th April 2022
Congratulations to Gina from Masters squad who has qualified for the 2022 European Standard Distance Triathlon Championships! That is a 1.5km swim (45 lengths of the Walnuts), 40km ride and 10km run.
Her journey to this achievement began in 2013, and the first steps were not enjoyable. In fact she said she hated it. She entered a triathlon at White Oak having once cycled 22km, and thought she could run 6km off the bike without having ever tried to run off the bike (her 10km PB was 58mins). She completed that sprint tri in 1hr 50mins.
However years of club training builds resilience, perseverance and stamina and the understanding that there are no short cuts.
Returning to the White Oak triathlon in 2018 she won her age group in 1hr 18mins.
With her massive improvements in performance she aimed to qualify in 2019 but sadly was knocked off her bike by a car whilst cycling to work and suffered injuries. Then it was 2020 so that was that.
Now it's 2022 and her dream has come true. Gina will be heading off to Poland at the end of May to represent her country.
Tudor League Round 3
Tuesday 29th March 2022
Expectations were high following on from our 2nd place result in round 2 and with some brilliant swims we able to secure first place overall. With 10 wins and 16 second places, it was our strongest performance to date, and with the support of our team captains and an unparalleled team spirit there was no stopping team Ojays! The night culminated in the 8x25m squadron relay which turned out to be the most exciting race of the night, hard-fought and neck-and-neck into the last leg with Nicco Cavasino bringing the team home in 1st place by just 1/10th of a second.
Thank you to Coach Nick, Team Managers Jo and Julie, our club officials Andre, Darren and Mark and the support of family and friends for an amazing night of swimming.
Friday 18th March 2022
The first weekend of Regionals saw our Youth swimmers achieve a pool of success at the K2. We had four finalist swims with Henry achieving a 3rd place in the 200Brs and Charlotte achieving 4th in the 50Brs. Best of luck this weekend to Aaron, Andrew, Charlotte, Carys, Daisy, George, Henry and Shekinah who will be competing in the 2nd weekend at the LAC.
Thursday 3rd February 2022
This weekend gone was our second in the Kent County Championships. After the success of the previous weekend, Orpington had a hard act to follow but did so again! We had 5 top 8 medals, a gold in the 200 IM for Billy Birchmore and a gold in the 200 Fly for Sam Ryan. Sam also won the Junior shield which is phenomenal!
Also, congratulations to Lucas Bond and George Farthing who have both been selected for the Kent development meet
Well done Orpington, last weekend of Kent’s coming right up…
First weekend of the Kents
Wednesday 26th January 2022
The Saturday and Sunday just passed saw some of our swimmers head down to Dover for the first weekend of the Kent County Championships. It was a slightly different feel with no spectators allowed due to covid, however, with the online streams, many of us were tuned in and supporting from home.
The Kents is one of the biggest individual competitions of the year and have recently been notably harder to qualify for with the ridiculously good standard of swimming in Kent. So firstly, well done to all those who qualified! If you didn’t quite make it this year, keep working hard, be disciplined and most importantly, listen to your coaches…
Over the first two days, we saw plenty of good swims, PB’s and 5 finalist swims! We must however give a few special mentions ; Charlotte Field achieved a silver medal in the 14 years 200 breastroke, Henry Shepard achieved a gold in the 12 years 200 breastroke ( at his first ever Kents ! ) and Sam Ryan got gold in the 16 years 200 Backstroke. Absolutely fantastic achievements and doing everyone proud! For a club of our size, this is a brilliant start to the weekend, well done all!
Tudor League Round 1
Wednesday 26th January 2022
It is so nice to see the league galas starting again after the pandemic, especially the Tudor League.
This friendly league fields all the club’s younger and developing swimmers. Although, it is friendly it does not mean that we were any less competitive and eager to win!
The Tudor League is made up of Dartford, Erith & District SC, Eltham Stingrays, OOJSC, Greenwich Royals, Bexley SC, Tonbridge, and Sevenoaks. Only six clubs were able to attend in this round, and Tonbridge and Sevenoaks were sadly missed.
The OOJSC swimmers were enthusiastic and prepared to swim fast and cheer on the team. I am sure we were the loudest teammates and spectators! To start off the event we had an 8 x 25m butterfly relay where Ojays came in fifth.
As the night continued swimmers swam in relays and individual races pushing themselves as hard as they could to gain points. To finish was the final relay event – the 8 x 25m freestyle relay – where every swimmer swam their best, while all other swimmers cheered on around the pool. OOJSC came fourth. In total Orpington Ojays scored enough points to come in fifth place.
Even though we had some time penalties for being too fast, there were many personal bests, close finishes and amazing swims by everyone. Thank you to Simon our platinum coach, our team managers (Julie Stover and Luanna Vervega), and our officials (Mark bond, Eoin Hickey, Dave Ryan, Myra Brown, Cat Lewis). Well done to everyone who swam and cheered while looking smart in our club kit!