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Phase 4 Meeting

This Saturday morning (20th) after training there will be a 20min P4 squad meeting to discuss goals for Teaspoon Meet.

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JDS Cancelled

Due to window replacements at Edlington Sports Centre JDS this Saturday (20th) has had to be cancelled.

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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

Shannon makes it 4!

Shannon a late selection for Team Yorkshire 18 Sep: We've just heard today that Shannon Dodson (Adw) has received a late call-up to Team Yorkshire for National County Team Champs.

She makes it 4 swimmers and Head Coach supplied by Dartes for the October 19th showdown between Yorkshire and Lancashire (plus others).
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More Photos from Nationals

17 Sep: While we wait for the season to get in to full gear, here are a few catch up photos from National age-groups.

Another super successful campaign and key moments along the way. Will you be joining them next summer?
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Three for Team Yorkshire

First time call-up for Laura to represent Yorkshire 14 Sep: It's nearly time for the National County Team Championships and we have strong representation again this year.

There's a first time call-up for Laura Brookes (Edl) who will compete alongside the usual pair of Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm).
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7 Gold and a Silver at UK School Games

Gold medals for Joe and Jarvis at UK School Games 6 Sep: The two missing from training this weekend were representing England North at Sainsbury's 2014 UK School Games.

Joe Litchfield (Spa) won the 100m Backstroke and 400m IM, while Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) won 200m IM and took Silver in the 200m Freestyle. They helped Team England North win all 3 team events!
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Fund Raising Madness

All for a good cause 5 Sep: Earlier this summer Jane and Jeff Pickard took part in the Total Warrior event to raise much needed money for the club.

Their muddy exploits and your generous donations raised £272. Did we mention it was a little muddy?
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Results Archive Updated

Results Archive 5 Sep: For those who missed it, results from July's Portuguese Open and Youth Championships.

Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) were selected for a British Team sent in search of international competition prior to our own National Championships.
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Videos from Nationals

18 Aug: For those of you who've never been to Nationals, here's the next best thing.

Thanks to Martin Kliment we bring you a final and two heats. Simon Kliment (Arm) obviously stars in all 3, but Harvey Williamson (Arm). makes an appearance in one too.
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Round up of Youth Nationals

Nationals Debut for Oliver 14 Aug: A whistle stop tour of Youth Nationals from the Dartes perspective.

An overall 11th place in the Top Club competition, 7 medals, and a British Age-Group Record made for a successful week.

There were a few making their Nationals debut too.
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Championship Tradition

The B&I Trophy for Most Improved Club at Yorkshire Championships 12 Aug: With the first half of 2014 completed we've updated our Championships medal tallies from Nationals, Regionals, and Counties.

We're enjoying the best 3 year medal run in Dartes history, so keep up the hard work in the pool and let's keep that going.
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Jarvis Inching Closer

9th place in 800 Freestyle 11 Aug: Final update of the 2014 season medal table has been made after the close of Nationals. Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) inched another Gold medal closer to Emma Parker (Adw) at the top.

The other big movers were Joe Litchfield (Spa) now up to 6th, and Simon Kliment (Arm) upto 18th.
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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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Swimmer Agreements

Phase 4 Phase 4 swimmer agreements have now been distributed. See Coach Dave during the week for the sign off sheet. Swimmer and Parent need to sign before the end of September to secure your place.

Similarly, codes of conduct also need signing and returning before the end of this month.

September Sprints Raffle

Meet Raffle 27 Sep: With another meet just around the corner, we're hoping to deliver another of our monster raffles.

If everyone can bring just one small raffle prize before the meet weekend it would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, as always.

Phase 2/3 Parents Meeting

Phase 4 27 Sep: Coach Dave and Squad Manager Neil will be hosting a parents meeting for Phase 2/3. This will take place during training at Edlington on Saturday 27th September.

It will take the form of a presentation followed by answers to pre-submitted questions. Any questions should be emailed beforehand so we can cover as much as possible in the time available.
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Using Pace Clocks

Pace Clocks Being able to use pace clocks is an essential skill for swimmers of all ages. We know some of you struggle and shy away from using them, so here are some helpful hints.

The key point is: never give up. Use them on every swim and within a few weeks you'll be happy to use them.
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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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Life as a Swimmer


quote of the day by my dad "if your pee is gold... your medal won't be." great hydration advice there Big G. #hydrationiskey


Volunteer timekeeping at the All Florida Invite today! My dad would be so proud -- #GoGators


After stopping by the pool this afternoon man am I happy I'm not in the water right now...3x1000 for the younger kids today as a workout...


There are a lot of poor female role models out there and then there are the chicks from #TeamGB. I want to be like them when I grow up


They may become harder to achieve, but your dreams can't stop because you've hit a certain age or you've had a child.