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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.

Proud to be associated with Doncaster Dartes


The closing weekend of National Age-Group Championships saw the rest of Dartes travel to the City of Bradford 'End of Season' meet for the big taper meet to close the season. In addition to the weekend marking our most successful Age-Group Nationals for over 10 years, the Bradford meet proved to be a huge success for our non-National qualifying team mates. It also showed off the unique and passionate team spirt for which Dartes has built a strong reputation.

So much so that when the call went out for someone to write the meet review, two were submitted within 24 hours, with another one promised. Here's one of those meet reviews (or read the second).

Date: 29 Jul 2009
Author: Jim Cook

Bradford 'End of Season' Meet

The weekend of 25/26 July saw 30 swimmers from Doncaster representing Dartes at the City of Bradford 'End of Season Meet'. The 30 swimmers produced an incredible 166 Personal Best times (PBs) from 233 swims (over 71% success), 3 of which improved by over 30 seconds.

Team Victorious They won 128 medals and 31 speeding tickets - a tremendous haul.

Of those 128 medals: 51 were gold, 50 silver, and 27 bronze. Despite never tiring of hearing the announcement of those 2 fantastic words: Doncaster DARTES, it did become a little monotonous. Although the lilt of the announcer was much preferable to the tones of our own announcer (a certain Mr Jim Cook).

The swimming was great, the swimmers' attitude first class, their support of each other tremendous and deafening (especially when stood too close), and their behaviour a credit to themselves, their parents, and the club. It was a pleasure to be with such friendly, happy and committed young people.

It is always questionable whether you should mention individual performances but here goes. My apologies to anyone I may offend by their omission.

We must also mention those who supported the swimmers on poolside - Kevin, Neil, John, Helen and Julie. Oh and myself. Although many might say, and who am I to correct them, that I spent more time in the cafe borrowing money, scrounging free drinks and the odd piece of free fruit.

Back to behaviour which was impecable. Who will forget the anouncement:
'will the Doncaster DARTES swimmers please get off the window sills
When that didn't trigger any movement off the window sills it was repeated in a very loud, stern manner.

We of course were extremely non-plussed as firstly DARTES don't do such things when representing the club, and secondly we were based as far away from any window sill as you could possibly be. Helen was immediately dispatched to protest our innocence on the grounds of mistaken identity (no one would argue with Helen), whereupon we received a very softly spoken apology that was barely audible.

It must be said though that CoB should be congratulated on a thoroughly well run and well organized gala.

I do hope that everyone from Dartes enjoyed their weekend and were pleased and proud with what they achieved. Enjoy your summer break and aim for the stars next year.

If I have omitted anyone by name or deed again my sincere apologies and can I say in closing:

Jim Cook
(I did double check the data but as treasurer of the club I do accept that I may have made errors)