News January 2020
Keep up to date with what's happening at Dartes and performance swimming in Doncaster. This page records the news as it happens -- history in the making!
The Stories behind the Headlines
Let the Test Sets Begin
14 Jan 2020: The first test set of the 2020 begun with the 2x800m Freestyle for our young up and coming Athletes in Phase 4. Three of our stars were battling it out for the coveted King/Queen of the test sets in Cody Watkinson (Adw), Paula Mellor (Drn) and Megan Wood (Arm) with the title (and bragging rights) going to Megan as starts 2020 as she left 2019 while holding an impressive 1:18 average!
|1||Megan Wood||14 Jan 2020||5:16||10:40||5:13||10:27||10:33||1:19||28 (24)|
|2||Paula Mellor||14 Jan 2020||5:19||10:34||5:20||10:36||10:35||1:19||28 (28)|
|3||Cody Watkinson||14 Jan 2020||5:18||10:35||5:18||10:43||10:39||1:19||30 (30)|
|4||Lucie Savage||14 Jan 2020||5:20||10:48||5:25||10:56||10:52||1:21||41 (41)|
|5||Emma Mitchell||14 Jan 2020||5:18||10:48||5:21||10:57||10:52||1:21||42 (42)|
|6||Amelia Paul||14 Jan 2020||5:34||11:10||5:24||10:56||11:03||1:22||50 (35)|
|7||Rose Keefe||14 Jan 2020||5:36||11:15||5:32||11:12||11:13||1:24||54 (54)|
|8||Erin Napier||14 Jan 2020||5:36||11:23||5:34||11:12||11:17||1:24||57 (57)|
|9||Violet Sykes||14 Jan 2020||5:37||11:22||5:32||11:14||11:18||1:24||58 (58)|
|10||Nicholas Honeybone||14 Jan 2020||5:41||11:21||5:41||11:18||11:19||1:24||59 (59)|
|11||Greta Highfield||14 Jan 2020||5:35||11:24||5:32||11:17||11:20||1:25||61 (62)|
|12||Jesse Goodwin||14 Jan 2020||5:41||11:27||5:39||11:21||11:24||1:25||63 (60)|
|13||Grace Blair||14 Jan 2020||5:42||11:44||5:46||11:49||11:46||1:28||76 (76)|
|14||Charlie Finch||14 Jan 2020||5:54||11:52||5:56||11:46||11:49||1:28||77 (77)|
|15||Mila Hughes||14 Jan 2020||5:49||11:41||5:52||12:07||11:54||1:29||79 (70)|
|16||Isabelle Child||14 Jan 2020||5:59||12:08||5:51||11:44||11:56||1:29||79 (79)|
|17||Dzulija Karnevska||14 Jan 2020||5:48||11:38||5:52||12:14||11:56||1:29||79 (64)|
|18||Cazia Martin||14 Jan 2020||6:03||12:10||5:52||11:43||11:56||1:29||80 (80)|
|19||Jessica Wilkinson||14 Jan 2020||5:47||11:52||6:08||12:13||12:02||1:30||82 (73)|
|20||Joe Moore||14 Jan 2020||6:17||12:34||5:57||12:00||12:17||1:32||89 (89)|
|21||Ashleyne Stevens||14 Jan 2020||6:12||12:13||6:18||12:37||12:25||1:33||91 (85)|
|22||Kennedy Matthews||14 Jan 2020||6:05||12:26||6:03||12:39||12:32||1:34||92 (92)|
|23||Isabella Robinson||14 Jan 2020||6:18||12:57||6:16||12:58||12:57||1:37||98 (98)|
As if that wasn't enough, Coach Jordan was in a particularly devious mood the following Thursday and put Phase 4 through their paces (again!) with 20x100m Freestyle. Surprisingly Phase 4 responded with some great results all round with Cody claiming the bragging rights this time. Violet Sykes (Adw) also gets a special mention for her time drop from Tuesday evening but for also giving a fantastic demonstration of performing a 4m Streamline glide + 4 Underwater Butterfly Kicks off every wall - if we could give bonus points she would certainly get them!
The Masquerade Ball
25 Jan 2020: This Saturday saw a rather special event on the Dartes calendar. An enormous amount of work went in to making the 2020 Masquerade Ball a raving success. Congratulations to Chairperson Gail Burton for masterminding the event and making it work so well. Hopefully the first of many events in the future.
It isn't the first Ball Dartes has hosted though. For that we need to head back to September 2008 and Castlepark Stadium. A similar black tie event that also proved popular among glamour starved swim parents. It's safe to say however, that this month's version was an even glitzier affair raising over £4,000 to help keep the club running. So if you were involved in helping organise or run the social event of 2020, we thank you enormously and hope you enjoyed yourselves on the night. The Earl of Doncaster was looking its best for us, that's for sure.
In the end we welcomed guests from outside the world of swimming along with our usual Dartes family of parents and coaches. We were joined by local businesses who bought tables to wine and dine colleagues and clients. Among them was our sponsor for the night Albemarle Homes, a local property developer. We greatly appreciate their support for the evening. We brought along extended family and friends too, and everyone enjoyed a night of dinner and dancing to live music courtesy of the Steve Love Band.
The evening kicked off with a presentation about Dartes and what the evening meant to the club. Thanks to Suzy Broadhead for delivering that. It was then straight in to the raffle. A tasty 3 course dinner was swiftly served before the auctions began.
We had some great prizes for those auctions too. Luxury holidays worth £100s. Thanks to the Hughes family for donating one of them, and John and Terry Whiteley for the other generous gift to the club.
The casino tables proved popular too. Who knew we had so many high stakes players in the club.
Finally, a big thank you to the following, without whom the event would not have taken place. Bee Wood, Paula Sykes, Jo Child, Marie Maskrey, Beth Johnson, and Natalie Cade.