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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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Results Archive Updated

29 Oct 2017: Results Archive Results from the weekend's action at NER age group championships in Sunderland have now been added to the archive.

Among them, three new Dartes age-group records. Ben Wright (Arm) and Blaine Underwood (Adw) set 13 year boys records for 1500m Freestyle and 50 Breaststroke; Madison Johnson (Arm) set a new standard for 100m IM.

Cohen Stephenson (Adw) and Josh Cusack-Hughes (Adw) also brought home medals.
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Results Archive Updated

4 Jul 2017: Results Archive This weekend saw Dartes take the biggest team it has assembled recently to the Hull end of season meet.

An enormous 347 swims (plus a few DQs and DNCs) included a new age-group club record for Madison Johnson (Arm) in 200m Breaststroke. That gives her both Long Course and Short Course records for our 11 year olds, and pushes Commonwealth Champion at 50m, Sophie Taylor (Arm), down to 2nd!
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Test Set Season Continues

14 Jun 2017: Brad: 3rd on the second test set in a row We're on the final round of Phase 4 test sets for this season. Half way through and exactly the same top 3 on each so far. Bradley Wright (Drn) returns from injury for his second 3rd place.

Ahead of him in the 2x800m Freestyle are the same two girls from the 8x25 Fly kick.
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Animal Squad Updated

13 Jun 2017: Following the Harrogate Summer meet we've updated the Animal Squad lists. Two months remain to climb higher, or earn your spot in the Animal Squad.

One of those qualifying in all events (200m Fly, 400m IM, 800m Fc) is Chantelle Waugh (Arm), but there are a few others too.
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Fly kick test

12 Jun 2017: Another Phase 4 Fly kick test sees Marise Garbutt (Arm) take the lead. There are still a bunch hovering around a 16sec average, but work is required from all of them to improve further.
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Results Archive Updated

22 May 2017: Results Archive With the rearranged NER Junior/Senior contest clashing with the Derventio meet, only Josh Reasbeck (Edl) elected to make the 2 hour trip to Sunderland instead of 30mins to Ponds Forge. A Bronze was his reward.

We had more age-groupers competing though. Highlight was Ben Wright (Arm), taking Silver in the 1500m.
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End of an Era

14 May 2017: Coach Wallace heading to Loughborough Most will already be aware that this season brings to a close another coaching era at Doncaster Dartes. Head Coach Andrew Wallace will soon take up his new role with British Swimming at Loughborough University.

Adverts for his replacement at Dartes will be out later this week. We all wish Andy the very best for his new coaching adventure.
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Stroke Clinic with Stars

6 May 2017: Autograph Hunters from JDS Last Saturday we were treated to a Butterfly stroke clinic led by Coach Russ Barber along with 3 star swimmers in the pool.

In addition to expert demonstrations of various drills, there was plenty of time for autographs and posing for photos.
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Dolphin Kick Test Set

1 May 2017: Top of the table again for Casey After a near 4 month break, Phase 4 are back in to the short sprint test. How fast can they kick 25 yards of Butterfly?

Some big improvements from most, but the usual suspect still sits on top. Casey Waugh (Arm) may not get everything her own way next time though, the competition is hotting up.
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Josh Selected for Euro Juniors

30 Apr 2017: We are delighted to announce that Josh Reasbeck (Edl) has been selected for the British Junior team set to compete at European Junior Championships at end of June.

He will become the fifth in a line of Dartes boys representing international junior teams in the last 5 years.
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Olympians come to Edlington

29 Apr 2017: Two former Dartes stars were brought to Edlington sport centre today by City of Sheffield Head Coach Russ Barber to help deliver a Butterfly swim clinic for JDS.

They brought a surprise guest with them too.

As usual for our stroke clinics, Doncaster's club coaches were invited along to pick up new drills and watch them being performed by the guest superstars.
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AGM Committee Nominations

28 Nov 2017: As you will all be aware, Dartes' AGM is rapidly approaching (28th Nov). Nominations for committee posts closed at Midnight on Monday.

The following document lists the volunteers who submitted themselves for election by the membership:
- Nominations

Dartes Cap Rules

When competing for Dartes either at open meets, various championships, or arena league, everyone wearing a cap MUST wear a Dartes cap.

The cap can be the traditional red, National Squad black and red, or the newly introduced black bullet caps (unfortunately not available in red).

Please do not wear feeder club, yorkshire champs, or other random caps. You are representing Dartes, please respect the team's identity.

Phase 4 Land Training

Land training returns to its usual pre-training slot on Monday and Thursday evenings for Phase 4.

A prompt 18:00 start with former Dartes National Squad swimmer Heidi Smith (Arm) running things on Thursday evenings.

The short post-training land sessions continues on Tue/Sat/Sun.

Team Hats and Bags

Just in time for the onset of winter we have team pom pom hats available. Help avoid those winter illnesses by keeping your hair and ears covered on the way to and from training.

The new TYR team bags are also available embroided with Dartes logo and your name. The previous version was extremely popular, we expect nothing else from this new version.
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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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