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T21 200m Backstroke World Record

Wed 25/Apr/2018

Congratulations to Billy Birchmore who has put his name to another World Record in the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation’s European Open. Billy won four Golds along with the World Record in the 200m Backstroke in 2:45.23 and the European Record in the 100m Individual Medley in 1:19.20. His other two Gold medals came in the 50m Backstroke and the 50m Freestlye. Amazing swims once again Billy!

White Horse League Rnd 2

Wed 25/Apr/2018

On Saturday 21st of April our team made its way to Becontree Heath Leisure Centre for the second round of the White Horse League. The evening open with some exciting relays and our 12-13 year old boys, James Somerville-Cotton, Harvery Bushby-Knight, Niccolo Cavasino and Maxwell Baker finished 3rd in the medley as did Jessica Herbert, Anna Hawkins, Abby Leeves and Matilda Barret in the 14-15 years freestyle relay. Our 14-15 years boys, Justin Strover, Ben Langdown, Max Peel and Callum Baronti went one better finishing 2nd in the freestyle relay. However, leading the way were the 16 and over medley girls, Ellie Harden, Alice Leng, Lilli Cutajar and Althea West who took the top spot with a two second clear win. Individually we had many successes as well. Thomas Barret, Abby Leeves, Callum Baronti, Louis Taylor all finished in 1st place achieving maximum points. The evening finished as it started with more exciting relays. Eve Peel, Ellie Brown, Hannah Strover and Samantha Jackson matched the older boys finishing 2nd in the 12-13 years freestyle relay. Matilda Barrett, Anna Hawkins, Abby Leeves and Jessica Herbert finished 3rd in the 14-15 medley. Ben Langdown, Callum Baronti, Justin Strover and Max Peel brought home another 2nd this time for the medley and the 16 & over girls, Ellie Harden, Alethea West, Rachel Langdown and Jessica Herbert won their freestyle relay. A great fun night with excellent swims and support from our team. Combined Team Scores through to event 48 are as follows: 1. Barking & Dagenham Aquatics 313 2. Erith & District SC 265 3. Orpington Ojays SC 241 4. Bromley SC 229 5. Southwark Aquatics SC 182 6. White Oak SC 161 7. Gravesend & Northfleet SC 155 8. Saxon Crown (Lewisham) SC 153

Amie Wins Schools Aquathlon Championships

Wed 25/Apr/2018

Congratulations to Silver Squad swimmer Amie Gould who on Tuesday 24th April competed in the Schools Aquathlon Championships. This event consisted of a 200m swim followed by a 1200m run. Year 6 Amie won the event in 9 minutes 52 seconds, just 4 seconds in front of second place.

London Region Open Water Development Camp

Sat 21/Apr/2018

Congratulations to Ben Strover for being selected to attend the London Region Open Water Development Camp in June. This event forms part of the overall approach to the development of the Open Water swimmer pathway in England, working with the Swim England Talent Team. Over two days the swimmers will take part in a number of sessions; pool/open water/classroom, which aims to assist the development of skill and knowledge which is critical to open water swimming.

Happy Birthday

Mon 16/Apr/2018

Happy Birthday Sergio from us all.

Medals, Regionals Times and Pbs at Black Lion Open

Mon 16/Apr/2018

On April 7th we sent a large team of over 40 swimmers to the Black Lion Level 3 Open Meet at Medway Park. With Regional qualifying times up for grabs, it was time for all the hard training to pay dividends. Many of our swimmers swam personal best times taking medals of all colours and achieving automatic Regional qualifying times and consideration times. Congratulations to our Gold medal winners Sophia O’Neill, Samantha Jackson, Cristy Baker, Alice Leng, Samuel Ryan, Maria Phillips, Abigal Leeves, Max Peel, Ellie Harden, Thomas Barrett, Ben Langdown, Adam Tang, Justin Strover, Callum Baronti, Matilda Barrett, Nam Nguyen, Anna Cvjetan, Michael Phillips, Abigal Leeves, Hannah Strover, Blythe Jolley-Ellis and Althea West. Congratulations also to Justin Strover and Callum Baronti who both joined the sub 60 club for the 100m freestyle. It was a great day and a well-run meet where our swimmers showed great team spirit, collaboration and support and helped Abigal with her birthday cake. Thanks of course to our parents, helpers, officials and the organisers.

Some photos

Dartford Spring Meet

Thu 29/Mar/2018

The Dartford spring meet was very well supported by Orpington Ojays swimmers. We began with Justin Strover winning the 400 F/c with a 12sec PB. We then followed that up with 22 1st places from Alice Leng 100Breaststroke, Nam Nguyen 200IM, 100Back, 50Back and 200Back, Ellie Harden 50Back, 100Back and 200Back, Ben Langdown 50Back, 100Back and 50 Fly, Alethea West 100F/c, 50Fly and 50F/c, Ben Strover 400IM, Samantha Jackson 200IM and 50 Breaststroke, Matilda Barrett 400F/c, Samuel Ryan 50Fly and 50Back, Lilia Fornasier 100Back and Tom Magee-Brown 200Breaststroke. We also had 16 2nd Places by Ellie Harden, Ellie Brown, Amelia Frisby, Alice Leng, Matilda Barrett, Nam Nguyen, Alethea West, Hannah Strover, Anna Cvjetan, Samuel Ryan, Billy Birchmore and William Magee-Brown. We had 13 3rd places by Safiyah Ismail, Ben Langdown, Radha Gollapudy, Alethea West, Billy Birchmore, Olivia Cioran, Justin Strover, Ellie Brown, Nam Nguyen, Amelia Frisby and Christy Barker. Other Medallists who got places 4-6th were Mateo Rodriguez-Aparicio, Alexandra Cioran, Matilda Barrett, Ben Langdown, Ellie Brown, Niccolo Cavasino, Lilia Fornasier, Ava Hickey, Charlotte Field, Charlotte Bloodworth, Amelia Frisby and Trisha Parthasarathy. We had a Grand total of 131 PBs over the whole weekend which is a massive achievement from all the swimmers that swam. The other people we had swimming who swam well are Alice Brown, Agata Kuszneruk, Olivia Magee-Brown, Grace Tume, Lucy Glossop, Olivia Cenac, Lauren Bond, Joseph Buckley, Pranav Garg, Sheena Akende and Ayse Dourmoush. Thank you to all the parents for the support that was given to all our swimmers also to Damian Edmonds, Dave Langdown, Sam Gaster, William Magee-Brown and Steve Birchmore for all the help on poolside.

Platinum Reach for the stars

Tue 27/Mar/2018

On Sunday, Eve used her Jack Petchey money to take Platinum Squad to The Reach climbing centre in Woolwich. Swapping swimming hats for hard hats and goggles for harness the squad had a fantastic time challenging themselves and braving the heights on all the different walls. Thanks to Jack Petchey, Eve and Wendy for all the photos.

More photos from Reach

Charity Gala

Mon 26/Mar/2018

Our jointly hosted charity open was another great fundraising success. The chosen charity was Cancer Research and the money raised has now been handed over. Together we raised a total of £519.00. Thank you so much to all who helped run this event, to those who supported it and of course to those who got in the pool and raced.

The Kent Standard

Wed 21/Mar/2018

Kent is one of the largest counties in the UK, so proportionally there are more swimmers aiming to qualify for the championships. This creates some of the toughest county QT's in the country. It's a great achievement, to gain a consideration time for Kents. It means you are at the top end of your age group in the whole of Kent, a population of nearly 2 million. If you have then made the cut and are accepted for the championships, that then puts you in the top 10/16/24/28 (depending on the event). If that was a Kent age group sports(football or netball) team, you would likely be in the team or the squad. If you then make the top 8 and win a medal, that puts you at a very high level. Top 3 will likely put you in a strong position in the south-east, Many winners can achieve national standard. Some of our Kent champions have gone on to represent their countries. Please bear the above in mind if you travel all the way to Crystal Palace or London Aquatic Centre, and are one of the majority that doesn't take a medal home in their event.

Photos of our Kent Swimmers

Jack Petchey - February 2018

Wed 14/Mar/2018

Congratulations to Adam who was nominated for his commitment to swimming. He always works hard in training, never complains and has made excellent progress.

Jack Petchey - January 2018

Wed 14/Mar/2018

Congratulations to Matilda who was nominated for her enthusiasm and commitment to training. Her hard work has paid off and shows with her improvements at competitions.