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January 03 February 03

25Jan: Edlo Snatch 3rd -- Just

In an evenly matched and exciting opener to BML2, Edlington secure 3rd place by 1 point. BoBarnsley took the honours.

19Jan: Bronze at BoK 200/400

Andrew Butterfield, Doncaster's sole representative, was 3rd in the 200m Bc at the BoKirklees 200/400 meet.

19Jan: Adwick Joint Leaders

After Armthorpe's big win, the pressure was on Adwick to follow suit against Spa -- they didn't disappoint.

18Jan: Sharks Bite Again

The very best start to the year for South Axholme, winning their PL3 encounter by 42 points.

18Jan: Armthorpe Roll On

The first Dinsdale League fixture of the year saw Armthorpe romp home against an inexperienced Edlington team.

12Jan: 2nd Place in Speedo Div 1

In our first year back in the National Speedo League (North East), we manage runners up spot behind CoLeeds B in division 1.

Final scores:
1. City of Leeds B 259
2. Doncaster DARTES 242
3. York City Baths 218.5
4. Harrogate District 204
5. Borough of Barnsley 201.5
6. City of Wakefield 149
7. Scarborough 123

23Feb: John Harriman Champs

Results from the John Harriman Championships are now available for download.

22Feb: Adwick Start Well

Adwick opened their PL1 campaign with second place behind a Wakefield team making full use of their home advantage.

16Feb: PL2 Opener

Doncaster's 3 clubs in PL2 were left behind by South Holderness. Spa 2nd, Edlington 3rd, Rossington 4th.

8Feb: Yorkshire Bronze for A Team

The Mens A Team won Freestyle Bronze at the Yorkshire Senior Team Championships.

6Feb: Swim21 with Sally Skipper

A useful workshop with Sally Skipper was attended by representatives from DARTES, Edlington, Armthorpe, Dearne Valley, Don Valley, and Spa. A follow up meeting is scheduled for April 29 at Elmfield House.

2Feb: Golds Galore at Harrogate

One weekend and 6 Gold medals at a designated meet -- are the Golden Days returning?

Emma Ashcroft led the charge with 2 Breaststroke Golds and another huge PB into the bargain. Laura Hill, Cherelle McPherson, and [Name Removed] claimed the other 4.

Special mention must be made of Chantal Aldridge who came home with 4 medals (1 Silver and 3 Bronze). Jason Leeson, Ash Craighill, and Niall Wainwright were the other medalists.

March 03 April to December 03

4Mar: Circuit Training

Between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesday evenings at Adwick (from 25th Feb), circuit training sessions will be available for all DARTES members (swimmers and parents).

2Mar: 2002 All Over Again

Last year's neck and neck tussle between CoWakefield and SAS, which culminated in the league's first ever swim off, looks like repeating itself. 138 points each for 1st place. Spa and Rossington bring up the rear.


From April to December 2003 the DARTES website was offline so no news was recorded.

To recap on the events of 2003 below is a brief summary.

January 03 February 03
  • Introduction of the first DARTES newsletter keeping swimmers and feeder clubs informed of any relevant news, achievements, gossip and trivia. Throughout the year 6 such newsletters were published.
  • DARTES entered the Speedo league for the first time in many years, achieving runner up position at the first attempt.
  • Poolside gear purchased for coaches and helpers funded by the club.
  • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in partnership with the Doncaster Metropolitan Amateur Swimming Association (DMASA) announce there intention to appoint a swimming development officer along with a pledge to appoint a funded professional head coach in due course.
  • DARTES introduce formal Circuit Training to their program on a Tuesday night.
March 03 April 03
  • New club Swim Shop introduced including Tracksuits, polo shirts, kit bags as well as Diana costumes sponsored by Diana UK distributors.
  • Major success at the Yorkshires. 50% of DARTES Members competed in Yorkshire finals. DARTES awarded the B&I Trophy for the most improved club in Yorkshire.
  • Free swim caps for DARTES members.
May 03 June 03
  • Extra 1.5 hrs pool time secured at St James's bringing the maximum pool time available now up to 14.75 hrs. Still only £20 per month AB squad.
  • Swim Bench purchased by DARTES for DARTES swimmers
  • DARTES B Grade
July 03 August 03
  • Membership reaches 120, the highest in recent years.
  • Success at the nationals with Emily Thackwray, Chantal Aldridge and [Name Removed] represent DARTES at the 2003 event.
  • Zoe Clayton competes Nationally and Internationally for the GB deaf squad.
September 03 October 03
  • DARTES sponsor the DARTES SKINS Trophy at the DMASA championships. David Holmes (Arm) and Alison Pennal (SAS) win the event.
November 03 December 03