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Flood Cancellations

Things are moving a little quickly regarding cancellations due to flooding.

With that in mind, keep an eye on your emails. If there's a cancellation we will communicate it that way. Otherwise, sessions will run - but keep yourselves safe.

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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Championships Tradition

8 Nov 2019: With Winter NERs behind us, we've updated our Championships Tradition page (only Winter Nationals remains for 2019).

Our 2019 NER medal tally is largely similar or better than every year except 2012-2015. A great job by all, including double medallist Jesse Goodwin (Adw) who came away with a Silver and Bronze.
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Testing Times for Phase 4

6 Nov 2019: Last week, Phase 4 had their latest crack at the 2x800m Freestyle test set.

Megan Wood (Arm) came out on top, and then used that experience to win 400m Bronze at Winter NERs the following weekend.

Overall, some solid performances with everyone inside 12:20. Well done Phase 4.
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Results Archive Updated

4 Nov 2019: Results Archive Results from both pools at NER Winter Champs are now in the archive.

In the Senior pool, a very tired bunch returned from training camp but struggled after a busy month of packed racing. A new club record for Ella Bainbridge (Arm) in 100m Buterfly though, and a 17yo age-group record for Zack Merritt (Drn) at 1500m Freestyle.

The age-group pool fared better with 24 medals, but again suffered due to a packed month of racing. Overall though, the medal tally for 2019 is complete with over 20 regional Gold medals.
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Record Silver Tally from Yorkshires

21 Oct 2019: Our Yorkshire medal record from 2014 (111) survives by a single medal (2019: 110).

We can boast a record number of Silver medals won though (52 compared to 37 in 2011). Cohen Stephenson (Spa) battled through the weekend for the best individual medal tally: 4 Golds.

Blaine Underwood (Adw) and Ben Wright (Arm) snatched our other 3.

Great job by all swimmers competing at Yorkshires this year.
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The Magic Sports Kit

16 Oct 2019: Tonight, 21 volunteers from Doncaster's swimming community attended a 3 hour Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop.

It is an obligatory training requirement for all club officials across the country.

Part of the course is a video about the Magic Sports Kit that we decided everyone should see. Does your child own one?
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Training Camp Flashback

10 Oct 2019: For Phase 5, this is your 2 week countdown to what promises to be a tough training camp.

To get you in the mood, here's a flashback to when we visited the island next door in 2011!

Blistering sunshine all week, with half a day of extremely welcome torrential rain.
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Plank Challenge

9 Oct 2019: Introducing the Long Line of Despair!

During the younger age-group's Winter Yorkshires a couple of weeks ago we merged Phase 4 and Phase 5 land training and decided to finish with a little team fun.

9 in a plank line across the diagnoal of studio 2. We had a few spares to tag on the end, but ran out of room.
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Animal Squad 2020 Begins

7 Oct 2019: Our Animal Squad has been a thing for the last 10 years, and a new season brings a fresh start.

We're 2 meets in and almost hitting double figures for 200m Butterfly and 400m IM. We want a record breaking Animal Squad season for 2020, so let's make sure you're all contributing.

All you need to do is enter those big, painful events!
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Announcements

New Committee

Wednesday's AGM elected a new committee to run the club for the next 12 months.

Our new Chairperson is Gail Burton, ably assisted by Club Secretary Bee Wood and returning Treasurer Ian Hunter to form our new executive.

The remaining committee members are Jo Child, Marie Maskrey, Phil Sykes, Richard Lissiak, Rob Bailey, and new welfare lead Suzy Broadhead.

Thanks to the outgoing committee for their service.
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Kit Officer Required

15 Nov: The Kit Officer position has opened up if anyone would like to apply for the role.

This position involves liasing with suppliers and parents to ensure kit is ordered, paid for, and received in a timely fashion.

Anyone interested in taking the role should apply to the club secretary by 5pm Friday 15th November for consideration.

Meet Entries: City of Leeds New Year

22 Nov: For Phase 5 we'll be travelling to John Charles early January for their popular New Year meet. Our other squads should attend the Harrogate meet instead.

This meet will fill up very fast, so be sure to submit your entries before 5pm on our deadline day!

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season, and the Phase 5 Guidance Document will help you plan your entries.
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Membership/Code of Conduct

22 Nov: A reminder to all members (swimmers and parents alike). All membership forms and codes of conduct by Friday 22nd November.

Return them to our Welfare officer please (Suzy Broadhead, details on contacts page).

Deliver by hand or via email.

Christmas Raffle

Christmas Raffle 30 Nov: It's approaching Christmas Raffle time and we already have some great prizes to give away.

Raffle tickets will be handed out shortly, but should you require more, get in touch with any committee member.

Once sold, please return all stubs and money by 30th November at the latest.

Additional prizes are still being accepted too.

Meet Entries: Animal Trials

1 Dec: Entries for the Animal Trials are now being accepted. Note that the closing date is 5pm, Sunday 1st December!

We've spread the 1500/800 Freestyle as far apart as possible to accommodate any who are attempting to qualify for Yorkshires in both events. Further details can be found on our meet listings.
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Meet Entries: Team Jorvik Spring Festival

8 Dec: For Phases 1-4 we'll be attending the Team Jorvik Spring Festival at John Charles, Leeds in March (Phase 5 should enter Sheffield Premier instead).

This meet will fill up very fast, so be sure to submit your entries before 5pm on our deadline day (8th Dec)!

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Phase 5 Land Training

We're introducing two additional land training sessions for Phase 5.

Tue/Thu evening before training at Edlington for 30 mins. It will be core work, shoulder stability, and general strength work.

Two groups of 10, let your coach know which day suits you best.

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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