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Articles by Dartes Swimmers Past and Present

Every now and again, someone pops up out of the deep end and writes an article for the website. Sometimes these are former Dartes swimmers with happy memories to share. Often they're current members with something special or interesting to shout about. Either way, if it's interesting and in some way connected to Dartes or Doncaster Swimming, we'll probably publish it.
Here's one of those articles.

The Stories behind the Headlines

Introduction

Elliot Trofimowicz At the Rotherham A/B (Jan 2009) Elliot Trofimowicz (Spa) jumped up on to the blocks and then promptly fell straight into the freezing waters of Ponds Forge. He made up for it with an outstanding start in the 50m Breaststroke later that day, but by then the damage was done: we'd already asked him to write the weekend's meet report.

We didn't expect an article like the one that follows, but to pour even more shame on the embarrassed Elliot, we're more than happy to publish it.
 

The 2 Metre Splash

I have discovered a new swimming stroke, and one I would like to share with you all. I’m not too sure that having read this you’ll want to make it your best stroke.

Here are my 10 top tips for how to avoid falling off the blocks, and why it's not a good idea!

  1. The most important thing while on the blocks is to concentrate on balancing and steadying those nerves.
  2. If you are unsure or nervous about your stance try the firmer more planted track start.
  3. It’s better to be slightly slower off the start and be in the race, rather than try and jump the gun and be knocked out before it has even begun. Always remember: "To finish first, first you must finish".
  4. Never anticipate the gun, always wait for it.
  5. Ignore everything, it is just you and the starter. You listen for him -- you go. It’s as simple as that.
  6. If you do fall in, don't get down hearted, see the funny side if you can. It’s one less tiring experience for the weekend.
  7. Be prepared for the solemn walk back to Camp Dartes. You may feel the eyes burning into you, but they will soon forget [actually we won't - Coach Dave] and by that time you will have done hundreds more perfect starts.
  8. When people laugh, laugh with them. You know it was a silly mistake. They happen to everyone. Just get over it and try again.
  9. Be warned: the curse of the 2 metre splash is just a kickboard away. Don’t let it happen to you.
  10. Due to the last race's flop you’ll be even more inclined to nail that start the next time it comes around.

The 2 metre splash club is very exclusive try not to become a member!