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Winter is Coming ...

This time of year is usually plagued with training absence due to colds and flu. Don't get caught out, wrap up warm after training no matter how hot you feel post workout!

A woolly hat might look silly, but they're much more attractive than runny noses.

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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Results Archive Updated

26 Sep 2016: Results Archive All results from our first double meet weekend of the new season are now in the archive.

Ten teaspoons of various colours were earned by Phase 5 sprinting at Sheffield. Phase 4 opted for traditional medals across a wider variety of events and returned home with a sack full.

Among the weekend's highlights is a new Dartes age-group record for Holly Fish (Adw) at 50m Breaststroke.
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Secret Celebration

25 Sep 2016: Max Litchfield Olympics Celebration We've just had a busy weekend. Two meets and a top secret celebration for an Olympic finalist.

Former Dartes team mates from the past decade enjoyed a reunion on Saturday evening to congratulate Max Litchfield (Spa) on his Rio exploits. Old habits die hard, so we sent a woman with a camera to take some mementoes. A rather star-studded line up of old faces was the result.
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England Talent Selection

16 Sep 2016: We were reminded yesterday of last year's England Talent Programme selections, then realised we've never had a section for them on the site. Well now we do.

Belated congratulations to Robbie Casson (Adw) and Charlotte Howard (Arm) for their first selections at level 1 last season, alongside regulars Laura Brookes (Edl) and Joe Litchfield (Spa) at level 2 and 3.
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Countdown to Training Camp

Phase 4 15 Sep 2016: It might still be a month away, but with tonight's distribution of training camp shirts, it seems like an appropriate time to look back at a previous week in Mallorca.

We've visited the BEST Centre a few times, but the first in 2010 had a little bit of everything. Sun aplenty, thunder and lightening, glorious sandy beaches, mozzy bites galore, and 60-70km in the pool (sometimes in to a head wind).
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Phase 4 Fly Kick Speed Test

Phase 4 5 Sep 2016: Phase 4 have a new test set for the 2016/2017 season. This one is about pure speed! 8 fast 25 yard sprints, from a push, on Fly kick.

The first iteration on the first day back to proper training turned into a battle between Hannah Newnham (Arm) and Casey Waugh (Arm) but there were plenty more fast times popping up too.
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Two for North East Talent Camp

3 Sep 2016: After strong performances at NER Championships earlier in the year, Ben Wright (Arm) has been selected to attend the North East Regional Talent camp this weekend.

Coach Alison Howard has also been selected to the coaching team for the event. The 3rd Dartes coach involved in these talent camps in recent years.
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International Representation

2 Sep 2016: Over the last 2 years that this website has been mothballed, we've had 3 athletes selected to represent international teams.

The two British Juniors touring Europe were Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm), while Simon Kliment (Arm) has become a regular face on Slovakian teams too. Congratulations to all 3.
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New Adventure for Georgia

25 Aug 2016: Today marks the beginning of a new adventure for Georgia Wright (Arm) as she takes up a swimming scholarship to university in the USA.

She joins the Westchester University Golden Rams, a dominant NCAA Division 2 team just outside New York. We wish both her and her team the best of luck and fast swimming for the upcoming season.
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Congratulations Max

7 Aug 2016: Three years ago this month he was winning a Junior World Championships Gold medal in his final month as a Dartes athlete. Today Max Litchfield (Spa) finished 4th in the final of the Olympics' 400m IM.

We believe this to be the first Dartes athlete to represent GB on an Olympic team - congratulations Max!
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Phase 4 Test Sets

Phase 4 19 Jul 2016: The final Phase 4 test set of the season produced a squad record in the 2x800m Freestyle for Bradley Hurdiss (Drn). There were big improvements across the board in what was the last opportunity for many to set fast times while still in Phase 4.

Earlier test sets from this training cycle are also available for anyone to see what times they need to beat next season.
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FINA/Airweave World Cup Series

30 Sep 2016: Those clever people at FINA now have their own online TV channel so you can watch the World Cup Series live.

The action comes from Beijing in China and if previous rounds are any indication, should be electric.
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Meet Entries: NER Winter Champs

19 Oct: All entries for NER Winter Championships in Sunderland need to be with Neil by 19th Oct please.

There are still 1 or 2 meets to earn qualifying times, but after those don't delay. Check the Qualifying Times document for more details.
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Santa Meet now Full

21 Sep 2016: The 2016 edition of "Swim Along A Santa" is now full in both sessions and entries are officially closed.

The balcony is also completely sold out for the afternoon session so no day or afternoon tickets are available. A limited number of morning tickets remain, but get them quickly to avoid disappointment.
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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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What do you learn from Swimming?

Successful Team It's not just swimming skills you learn in the pool. Take a look at the top 10 life lessons you can make use of out of the water.

From simply showing up on time to dealing with strange people and managing your time effectively, it all helps mould you in to a successful person.
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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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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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