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Tue 19th/Sun 24th Cancelled

Due to ongoing maintenance at Hall Cross, Tue (19th) JDS has had to be cancelled again.

There will be no training on Sunday 24th Aug (Bank Holiday).

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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.

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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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Results Archive Updated

Results Archive 10 Aug: All results from National Youths are now in the archive.

7 medals and a few other finalist places leave us 11th on the overall points table. Another strong performance, well done to all.
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British Age-Group Record and 12th for Shan

British Age-Group Record in 200m IM 9 Aug: We missed it in the excitement last night. The 200m IM by Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) was 0.03sec faster than Ieuan Lloyd's best effort as a 15 year old. A British Age-Group Record.

Shannon Dodson (Adw) also claimed her best ever finish at Nationals. 12th for 200m Backstroke.
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National Gold Number 6

9th place in 800 Freestyle 8 Aug: He needed 3 more Golds to topple Emma Parker (Adw) from the top of the all-time medal table. Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) edged a little closer this evening with Gold in 200m IM.

following him home for Silver was Joe Litchfield (Spa). Another Silver for Joe in 200m Fly a little earlier lifts him to 6th.
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Bronze for Joe at National Youths

9th place in 800 Freestyle 7 Aug: A Dartes record in 200m Backstroke gave Joe Litchfield (Spa) the Bronze at National Youth Championships. Another record in 200m Butterfly leaves him fastest into the final.

He and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) are also 1st and 2nd for the 200m IM final. A busy Friday night awaits.
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9th for Georgia at Nationals

9th place in 800 Freestyle 6 Aug: Today's big mover on the medal table is Georgia Wright (Arm). 9th place in 800m Freestyle shifts her to 31st.

That performance also lowered her existing Dartes Senior record to 9:08.
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Gold and Silver at Big Medley

National Youth Gold 5 Aug: A dominant 400m IM display at Nationals sees Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) take Gold and Silver!

In the Seniors, former Dartes Max Litchfield (Spa) also takes Gold! Shannon Dodson (Adw) secured her best ever placing at Nationals with an 18th semi-final finish for 200m IM.
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Training Alterations

Training Alterations As we're nearing season's end here are your summer changes; there's something for everyone!

Importantly though, we're having a complete August shut down for Phase 4/5. We plan to run JDS unaffected all summer.
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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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Goal Setting

This morning we asked Phase 4 to write down why they come training. What is it that makes them get out of bed in the morning to dive in to a swimming pool.

While you're thinking about it, here's an article on Goal Setting that you might find interesting.

Bring those answers along to training next week. There are no right or wrong answers, just be honest with yourself!
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Characteristics of Champions

Bob Bowman (Coach of Michael Phelps) talks about the Characteristics of Champions at Chicago Ideas Week. Not the physical characteristics, but the mental side.

We've told you all many times that "The Process is more Important than the Outcome". Well here's the grand master saying the same thing.
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Using Foam Rollers

Stretching Poolside You'll have seen various athlete in Phase 5 carrying strange tubular devices and probably wondered what they are. It's all about self-myofascial release.

"It's what?"
We hear you ask.

Here are a couple of articles discussing the how and why of foam rolling. Talk to Coach Andy before embarking on foam rolling.

The articles:
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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.