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Winter Yorkshires

We are now collecting entries for all Winter Yorkshires competitos. Deadline: 2nd September.

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York City

We are now collecting entries for York City Winter Extravaganza. Deadline is 15th September.

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We Are Doncaster Dartes

We are Doncaster Dartes, the town's Elite Swimming Training Scheme and traditionally one of the top 4 squads in Yorkshire Swimming. In association with Doncaster's swimming clubs, we provide the high performance training and top class, professional swim coaching required to succeed at the very highest level.

Our objective is to provide Doncaster's ambitious swimmers with the Environment, the Skills, and the Coaching Support required to reach the top in British Swimming.

Headlines and Site Updates

Nationals Review

17 Aug 2019: A British Champs Silver medal for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) was our highlight from 2 weeks of Nationals, our review covers the other medals and club records achieved at British and English Nationals.

With full training returning in a couple of weeks, it's time to think about goals for 2020.
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National Development Programme Selection

16 Aug 2019: It appears to be selection season.

We've just heard Madison Johnson (Arm) has been invited to the National Development Programme; the 13/14 years step of the Swim England Talent Pathway.

No doubt due to her two finals at British Champs - great job.
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Yorkshire Team Selection for Callum

15 Aug 2019: Congratulations to Callum Broadhead (Arm) for his selection to the Yorkshire Team for the National County Team Championships.

It's a contest that the White Rose have won for 3 years, so hopefully Callum will help continue in style.
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Look what the Postman Brought

14 Aug 2019: Look what was waiting for us at Adwick last night.

A big thank you to both Finis and Persimmon Homes for supplying this kit. We now have enough Backstroke wedges to equip our open meets.

Our coaching team also have access to them for training. Expect to see these getting used occasionally for Backstroke start practice.
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Coach Dave on England Talent Duty

7 Aug 2019: We've recently had another coach recruited to the England Talent team.

Head Coach Dave Cuthbert will be a skills coach for the remaining North East Regional Performance Programme camps for this year.

He was last involved in 2013, but now has more time to take on these additional roles.
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Kickboard Challenge

7 Aug 2019: More colourfully decorated kickboards appear on pool deck all the time. It brightens up our training environment a little.

Here's one by Erin Napier (Ros) with a very special logo. That white rose is always difficult to get right. Hopefully it's water proof!
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Championship Tradition Updated

6 Aug 2019: We've added a medal table for Swim England Summer Nationals to our Championships Tradition honours page.

2019 is Dartes' highest medal count at English Nationals since 2015, it was just loaded with Bronze instead of Gold.

For British Champs we're back in the medals after a 2 year drought. Heading in the right direction, with lots of work to do for 2020.
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Results Archive Updated

5 Aug 2019: Results Archive Results from Swim England Summer Nationals are now in the archive.

A Silver and 5 Bronze medals is a considerable step up from 2018. We'll see how it ranks against previous years later.

A new senior girls record for Chantelle Waugh (Arm) in 200m Fc; and age-group records for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) in 200m Br, and Madison Johnson (Arm) in 200m Fly.

Well done to all 12, it's been an exhausting but rewarding 2 weeks.
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Spreading the English Bronze around

3 Aug 2019: Day 4 at English Nationals was our busiest with 8 of our 12 strong National Squad in action.

All but 1 reached finals. Madison Johnson (Arm) and Hannah Newnham (Arm) claimed 200m Butterfly Bronze, with Callie Ramshaw (Edl) just missing out in the final metres of the 1500m finishing 4th.

Another English Nationals Bronze

2 Aug 2019: Day 3 of English Nationals was a quiet one for Dartes with only two athletes competing.

Hannah Newnham (Arm) missed the 200m IM final by just 0.03sec.

By contrast Chantelle Waugh (Arm) claimed lane 5 in the same event with a big PB, and then smashed that PB in the evening for another Bronze medal. 2:22.80 leaves her half a second from the Dartes record too.

English Nationals Silver and Bronze

1 Aug 2019: Day 2 at English Nationals brought more medals. Ben Wright (Arm) swam an 8sec PB in 1500m Freestyle for a lunch time Silver.

Ella Bainbridge (Arm) added a Bronze for 100m Butterfly and a 15 years club record for 200m Breaststroke. Hannah Newnham (Arm) reached the final too, and swam a PB.

Cohen Stephenson (Spa) also swam well in the 100m Butterfly for a new PB.

Announcements

Training Camp Balance Due

A gentle reminder for those going on camp in October. Your outstanding balance needs paying now please.

A week of very hard training in Fuerteventura awaits. Over 20 hours of training in the pool plus land work to boot.

We aim to complete around 70km - very tired bodies will return home. Those first-timers expecting a holiday in the sun are in for a shock!

Masquerade Ball 2020

Introducing a new event on the Dartes social calendar.

The 2020 Masquerade Ball!

It looks set to be a fabulous evening of entertainment at the Earl of Doncaster. A 3 course dinner, live band, and auction among other things.

It would be lovely to get current members and former stars and their parents mingling, to bring together decades of Dartes history for an evening of celebration. All are welcome.
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English Summer Nationals

Swim England Summer Nationals are upon us again, and 12 Dartes swimmers will be competing across the week.

You can follow the action on the live results service or watch the live stream.

For the hard-core swimming enthusiast, why not take a trip up the M18, soak up the atmosphere and be part of the action in the stands.

Summer Schedule

The summer break is nearly upon us, so here is our reduced summer training timetable.

Much the same as every other year, but be sure to familiarise yourselves with the details ahead of time.

Talk to your coach/squad manager if you're unsure about anything.
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Georgia and Autism

Georgia's Autism Awareness Tattoo It's not every day one of our own gets featured in Swimming World.

A star of NCAA Div2 swimming Georgia Wright (Arm) was recently interviewed regarding her autism diagnosis and her college swimming career in the states.
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So You Think You're Tough?

It's not time for the Animal Trials just yet, but for those animals out there who love pushing themselves, here's a little article about tough-guy Eric Vendt.

Even Phelps says Vendt worked hard - there's a compliment!

America's best 1500m Freestyler of his day, what can you learn from him?
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Hard Work and Tiredness

Many of you in Phase 5 have discovered new levels of tiredness recently.

Coach Phil stumbled across an article this week that might put some of that in to perspective for you. Especially the final few paragraphs.
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New Season Training Timetable

16 Aug 2018: We've changed training times slightly for Phases 4 and 5 once training resumes in September.

Phases 1 to 3 remain unchanged.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are our week day mornings open to both squads, and Phase 5 get a Saturday evening too. Familiarise yourselves with the changes and what they mean for you.
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Be Good Lane Mates

Meet Calendar How many times do coaches yell at you for blocking the finish for your team mates in training? Are you one of those annoying swimmers who just loves getting in the way?

Here are a few helpful hints on how you can be a better team mate. You thought this stuff only happened at Dartes, right? Oh how wrong are you!
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Meet Protocol

Blood flow prior to pool warm up at Middlesboro residential weekend To save you thinking first thing on meet day morning, we have a meet protocol to tell you exactly what to do when you arrive at competitions.

Be sure to arrive in time to start your blood flow warm up a good 10mins prior to the start of the first warm up.
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