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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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The Masquerade Ball

28 Jan 2020: Saturday evening witnessed the social event of 2020 at The Earl of Doncaster. A fundraising ball hasn't been hosted by Dartes since 2008, but that all changed this week in fantastic style.

A packed ballroom was the venue for a 3 course meal, auctions, and casino. Not to mention the crazy dancing with the live music.

A big thank you to Chairperson Gail and her happy helpers for making the event a huge success.
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Let the Test Sets Begin

27 Jan 2020: Megan A couple of Tuesdays ago, Phase 4 performed their regular 2x800m Freestyle test set.

Bragging rights for the fastest average and fastest individual rep went to Megan Wood (Arm) with a 10:40 and a 10:27.

Later in the week they were thrown a set of 20x100m with some pretty fast average times set during that too.
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Animal Squad Updated

9 Jan 2020: Greta After last weekend's two meets, our Animals are marching relentlessly forwards.

The number of Dartes athletes competing at 400m IM this season now matches 2014 as our 2nd best ever at 41 - 6 more for top spot.

200m Butterfly is also climbing slowly with another 3 additions this weekend including Greta Highfield (Ros) to make it 27. Great work everyone.
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Results Archive Updated

9 Jan 2020: Results Archive A dual meet weekend with Phase 5 at Leeds and Phase 4 with JDS at Harrogate.

All results from the Harrogate Janus meet have now been added to the archive. Plenty of new Yorkshire Qualifying Times among them.
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Results Archive Updated

5 Jan 2020: Results Archive A dual meet weekend with Phase 5 at Leeds and Phase 4 with JDS at Harrogate.

The first set of results have been imported from the Leeds meet, we're still waiting for the Harrogate ones.
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Autographed Team GB Kit

26 Dec 2019: Autographed Pullbuoy Merry Christmas and all the best for 2020.

At our Masquerade Ball we have a blind auction for some Team GB kit donated by Max Litchfield (Spa). Among that kit, this autographed pullbuoy from the guys at Loughborough NTC, plus a Team England Commonwealth Games water bottle.

Great belated Christmas presents, and much more besides.
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Most 1500m Animals in 1 Season

24 Dec 2019: Ben This weekend saw our Animals match our best ever 1500m tally of 14.

It also saw our stars of the 800m jump 2020 in to 2nd place with 22 individuals. It'll be difficult to add more to those leading to the summer, but the 200m Fly and 400m IM can definitely rise higher.

Ben Wright (Arm) struggling after illness was one of those braving both.
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Results Archive Updated

23 Dec 2019: Results Archive A trip south down the A1 before Christmas for the Northampton Winter Festival produced 2 qualifying times for British Champs/ Olympic Trials.

An already small squad was blighted by illness and reduced in size even further. That said, our 9 enjoyed a good meet and brought back 10 medals between them. A good tally, especially when the opposition contains a bunch of Team GB internationals.

All the results are now in the archive.
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Animals: Stand and be Counted!

18 Dec 2019: Ajay It's not even Christmas yet, and already the 2020 season is challenging for 3rd biggest year of Animals.

Ajay Scott (Arm) leads a select group of 6 roaring their way through all 4 of the big events! An outstanding achievement so early in the season.

Get your claws sharpened and get involved in the hunt!
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Record Breaking Animal Trials

15 Dec 2019: Callie An impressive 8 records were set during this afternoon's Animal Trials.

All the big events, packed in to one afternoon of racing and qualifying for Yorkshire Champs. In the biggest event of all, Callie Ramshaw (Edl) has the honour of losing her Ladies' 1500m record but claiming her 2nd 16 year olds' 1500m record with a blistering PB! That's short course 15yo and 16yo, plus long course 16yo records for her now. Quite a collection.

Well done to all who qualified for Yorkshires.
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Announcements

CPD: Time to Listen

27 Jan For those club officials in need of it, we're running a Time to Listen workshop at Adwick LC on 27th January.

The course is specifically for Welfare Officers, but talk to our welfare officer for more details and guidance if unsure.

Bookings for this course should be made directly via Swim England North East region.
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Special General Meeting

5 Feb We are delighted to invite members to attend our SGM on Wednesday 5th February.

This meeting is intended to address one specific item: approval of the revised constitution in line with Swim England recommendations.

A copy of existing constitution and the new constitution are available for viewing:
- Invitation to Attend
- Existing Constitution
- New Constitution

Meet Entries: Sheffield Premier Meet

10 Feb: For Phase 5, the first National Qualifying meet of 2020 will be Sheffield Premier starting Friday night 27th March. This is likely to be heavily over-subscribed so rejections are expected (especially the distance events).

Entries should be submitted by 5pm Monday 10th February. That gives you the first 2 weekends of Yorkshires to update times beforehand.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Meet Entries: Derventio Excel

10 Feb: For Phase 5, we're opening the Derventio Excel March meet for 1500m/800m entries only. This is due to the difficulty in finding suitable meets that include those events without impacting on the rest of the weekend. Avoiding rejection is also an order of magnitude harder on these events.

Entries should be submitted by 5pm Monday 10th February. That gives you the 1500m Freestyle at Yorkshires before the deadline.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Meet Entries: Leeds National Qualifier

10 Feb: Phase 5 will be attending the City of Leeds National Qualifying meet in April. As with all level 1 meets in the window, this is likely to be heavily over-subscribed so rejections are expected (especially the distance events).

Entries should be submitted by 5pm Monday 10th February. That gives you the first 2 weekends of Yorkshires to update times beforehand.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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Meet Entries: Derventio Excel

24 Feb: For Phase 5, we're opening the Derventio Excel April meet for 1500m/800m entries only. This is due to the difficulty in finding suitable meets that include those events without impacting on the rest of the weekend. Avoiding rejection is also an order of magnitude harder on these events.

Entries should be submitted by 5pm Monday 24th February. That gives you both 800m/1500m Freestyle at Yorkshires before the deadline.

Our Meet Calendar shows all meets we're attending this season to help you plan your entries.
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CPD: Sports Psychology

8 Mar 2020: We are hosting a sports Psychology CPD workshop at Adwick on Sunday 8th March. The course is an introduction to mental skills and sport psychology suitable for swimming coaches at all levels.

This is a 2hr Swim England accredited course and places should be booked via the NER.
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CPD: Team Manager Module 1

Essential for all officials 18 Mar 2020: We will be running a Team Manager Course on 18th March, 6-9pm at Adwick. The course is a requirement for poolside staff at local club or one day competition.

Team managers for chaperoned meets or overseas events will need to complete this as a starting point. More information can be found on the Swim England website.

Anyone interested in attending this 3-hour course should contact our Welfare officer.
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