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Posted by Orion Swimming Club Birmingham at Jul 22, 2023 9:10AM PDT

Swimming sessions across all groups will go on a well-earned two week summer break in August with last sessions on Friday 11th August recommencing on Tuesday 29th August.

This is both from a practical perspective due to a number of pool closures, but also to allow all our swimmers, coaches, lifeguards and our numerous unpaid volunteers a summer break and rest ahead of the start of the next season.

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Easter closures

Posted by Orion Swimming Club Birmingham at Apr 5, 2023 6:32AM PDT

There will be no sessions for any group on April 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. There are no other planned closure dates for any pool – but keep an eye on WhatsApp as ever.

Karnell's Success in Dubai

Posted by Orion Swimming Club Birmingham at Feb 28, 2023 5:21AM PST

This February 6-12, Karnell was part of group of 75 swimmers from clubs up and down the country who were taking part in a week of training and competition in an offshore camp in Dubai, representing Team England.

The group of swimmers took part in three high-performance training sessions at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

They then took part in a further three days of racing at the Middle East Open and Junior Championships.

On Saturday 11th, Karnell finished 3rd behind the 100m short course WR holder llya Shymanovich in the 100m Breaststroke final, improving his personal best to 1:04.06.

The next day, in his 50m breaststroke, he set a new massive personal best of 28.36 and was nearly a second faster than everyone in his heat. He won his final later that day with a slightly slower time of 28.62.

This was Karnell’s first international swimming competition, and his first time competing for England, so he is extremely happy with the results.

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Welcome To 2023

Posted by Orion Swimming Club Birmingham at Dec 29, 2022 9:27AM PST ( 0 Comments )

Hi to all the Orion Family

Welcome to 2023 – Please check out the spring timetable listed on the website and make sure that you have all your correct session times in your diaries.

Please also check the competition schedule, which will increase as we identify upcoming meets but take special notice of the dates for Junior and Mercian Leagues in case you are selected to represent Orion.


Congratulations to our 4 swimmers who have been chosen to take part in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay as it travels through Birmingham. Each Birmingham school was asked to nominate one pupil to carry the Baton and four of them were Orion swimmers! They were each nominated for their resilience, their contribution to school and community life and their sporting achievements.

First up on the 25th of July is Ellie Sibbald-Perkins who will carry the Baton at 16:19 from 215 High Street, Smethwick to 2 Roslyn Close.

On 27th July, Amelie Zarifeh will carry the Baton at 9:52 from 133 Selly Oak Road to 304 Selly Oak Road. At 10:06 Emily Rotherham will then carry it from 80 Ashmore Road, Cotteridge to 35 Park Avenue, Kings Norton. Finally, Sophia Okoosi-Dunn will carry the Baton at 11.18 from 124 Warwards Lane, Selly Park to 97a Warwards Lane.

We are immensely proud of these swimmers who fully deserve their selection. Why not come along and cheer them on the day?"