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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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Farewell Photo Shoot

22 Sep 2021: Last weekend's Beverley meet was intended to be Coach Jordan's farewell meet. Unfortunately, illness scuppered those plans.

He popped down to Rossington CSP last night to surprise Phase 4 and as is Dartes-norm, a photo shoot broke out.
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The Animal Squad Begins ...

21 Sep 2021: Back in 2010 we decided to honour those braving the hardest events with their own special squad: The Animal Squad.

We're 3 meets in to the 2022 season and already off to a flying start. Kiera Binns (Adw) is one of them, adding herself to the 400m IM with a Bronze medal at Beverley last weekend.

Are you brave enough to add yourself next?
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Number 7 Selected for National Development Programme

20 Sep 2021: They're coming in one-by-one now, but here's our 7th selection for the National Development Programme.

Callum Broadhead (Arm) makes it a 4th consecutive year after making his England Talent debut in 2018, but missing out on competing at Nationals in 2019 and 2020 due to the pandemic.

Emulating the 7 swimmers selected for this programme should be the goal of all our young swimmers.
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Results Archive Updated

19 Sep 2021: Results Archive Results from the weekend's Beverley County Qualifier meet are now in the Results Archive.

Another strong performance with many going even faster than last weekend. The one hit wonder returned to claim a club record in the 100m Freestyle: Callum Broadhead (Arm) shaved 0.01 off the 14 years time set by Max Litchfield (Spa) in 2009.

But despite the late finishes, everyone swam out of their skins for the full weekend. Well done all.
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A Colourful Meet to Start The Season

14 Sep 2021: Too many fantastic performances at September Sprints to mention more than a few but here are some of the highlights.

A first time appearance on the Dartes Top 6 lists for Louie Nightingale (Spa) and top swimmer awards for Millie Dey (Arm) and Jack Jones (Arm).

There was even a Winter Nationals qualifying swim for Callum Broadhead (Arm). Thank you to all our visiting clubs for a fun day.
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5th and 6th Selected for National Development Programme

13 Sep 2021: Earlier in the week we reported on four athletes who were selected for the Swim England National Development Programme. We later learned that Megan Wood (Arm) had also been selected.

Yesterday it came to light that Rose Keefe (Spa) was also on the list. These selections get sent to feeder clubs, Swim England do not notify Dartes - hence the delay in compiling the full list.
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Results Archive Updated

13 Sep 2021: Results Archive Meet number 2 for the 2021/22 season is now in the Results Archive.

A 90% PB ratio at September Sprints is a fantastic result to congratulate all those who have returned to the sport after the various lockdowns. Well done to everyone racing so far this season.

There were also at least 20 new Yorkshire qualifying times set on the day, and 1 qualifying time for the recently announced Winter Nationals.
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5 Selected for National Development Programme

10 Sep 2021: Five Dartes swimmers were selected for the Swim England National Development Programme yesterday.

Grace Burton (Arm), Greta Highfield (Ros), Isabelle Child (Arm), Megan Wood (Arm), and Nicholas Honeybone (Arm) have all been invited on to Phase 1 of the England Talent programme for 2021/22.
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Day in the life of a Swimmer

27 Aug 2021: The new season officially starts with the arrival of September. Just to remind everyone that your crazy lifestyle isn't as unique as you might think, let's introduce you to the New Zealand version.

Performance swimmers the world over live much the same way we do in Doncaster. Embrace it, and be awesome.
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Festival of Swimming, Session 2

26 Aug 2021: For those who missed it, or anyone wanting to relive it, we've added our performances from the Festival of Swimming to Dartes TV.

This covers Session 1 and 2 at the moment. Hopefully other sessions will follow as time permits.
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Entry Deadline: Swim-Along-A-Santa

Level 3 Meet 1 Oct: The next meet we're taking entries for will be our very own and very festive Swim-Along-A-Santa.

Get your entries in by 1st October - but check back regularly as we might bring that forwards.

If possible though, enter with your feeder clubs for this meet (Dearne Valley and Edlington have entered already, check with your club).
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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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September Sprints - Thanks

Another massive thank you to the army of volunteers and officials who make our meets such a success.

It was also lovely to see all our guest clubs and so many fine swims from their athletes. We hope to see you all again soon.

Results are now available. Don't forget our festive Swim-a-long-a-Santa meet is now open for entries.
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Is Your First Meet Approaching?

Come along and join the team For those of you about to undertake your first meet (and as a reminder for everyone else) here's an introduction to what you can expect and everything you need to know.

Of particular interest is advice for those entering their first meet and how to decide which events to enter.
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In The Press pt 4...

23 Jul 2021: When it rains, it pours.

Another Free Press article interviewing Doncaster's newly favourite brothers: Max Litchfield (Spa) and Joe Litchfield (Spa). On the eve of Max's opening swim in the heats of 400m IM in Tokyo on Saturday (Joe swims in the 200m IM on Wednesday).
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In The Press pt 3...

19 Jul 2021: The Olympics must be arriving soon, Doncaster Free Press has discovered another ex-Dartes swimmer to celebrate.

Rebecca Milnes (SAS) was part of the club's National Squad back in 2001 for 800m Freestyle. She went on to represent GB at Triathlon and is now lead paratriathlon coach at Loughborough's High Performance Centre.
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In The Press pt 2...

19 Jul 2021: With the Olympics just days away, here's another ex-Dartes swimmer remembering his journey to the games.

This time it's Joe Litchfield (Spa) being inteviewed by Swim England and giving a little detail regarding the efforts of his parents and Dartes which helped get him there.
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In The Press...

7 Jun 2021: Local media is catching up on Olympian Max Litchfield (Spa) coming from Dartes (in addition to younger brother Joe).

The Doncaster Free Press recently ran an article describing Max's development years, starting out with Minsthorpe then Spa Askern, but with the bulk of his training taking place in our training lanes.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

5 May 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our May committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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Committee Meeting Minutes

8 Apr 2021: Meeting Minutes The minutes for our April committee meeting are now available to be viewed by the wider membership.

They have been added to the collection of other meeting minutes that are available for reading.
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