News April 2014
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
Child Safeguarding Workshop
30 Apr: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a big thing in most sports these days. Not only to keep coaches upto date with the latest cutting edge skills and knowledge, but also to make sure the athletes are protected as much as possible. Every few years coaches and team managers have to sit through a child safeguarding workshop. For Phase 4 Coach Dave, JDS Coach Danny, and Team Manager Jane, Wednesday was their night to update this essential qualification.
They weren't alone of course, they managed to squeeze themselves on to a workshop at Dearne Valley organised by their Head Coach Chris Allen for his club's volunteers. Many of those volunteers (like birthday boy Andrew Wedgwood) will be familiar to everyone at Dartes too.
Also good to see an Armthorpe contingent joining in, to make it a very friendly Doncaster Swimming affair. Not sure the course tutor felt the same way by the end though.
Complex Land Training
28 Apr: It's a busy week of training for our coaching staff. Throughout April Coach Dan was attending land training seminars to improve his skills in that arena. This latest course, entitled: "Swim Strength - Complex Land Training for Swimming" should introduce a number of new activities over the next few months.
We're constantly looking for new methods of torturing our athletes in the gym, and this month's training has provided Dan with more ideas for improving core strength (needed to hold body position in the pool) and explosive power (think about diving from blocks and pushing off walls). Core strength is of paramount importance for any swimmer, but it's not just about sit-ups. There are so many more ways to add variety - you'll be seeing more soon.
Still only 1 sub 10min on 2x800m
22 Apr: The second round of Phase 4 test sets are upon us. This time it was the longest running of those tests, the 2x800s. We had been hoping for more sub-10min average performances, but Simon Kliment (Arm), newly moved in to Phase 5, breathed a sigh of relief afterwards when Harvey Williamson (Arm) fell a little short. Simon's record of 9:59 still stands.
Next time we might change how the lanes are organised to see if that makes a difference. There are at least 4 athletes primed to smash that record sometime soon.
This week saw 4 of the squad's newcomers attempt the challenge for the first time. The opening effort is often smashed by 30sec or more next time. So despite Aiden Lancaster (Adw) propping up the table on this occasion, we fully expect him to shoot up the rankings over the next few months.
Just like Joe Sykes (Adw) starting the year on 12:13, now, with 3 attempts under his belt, over a full minute faster and looking to break the 11min barrier next time round.
|1||Harvey Williamson||22 Apr 2014||4:57||10:03||5:00||10:13||10:08||3 (3)|
|2||Corinne Hill||22 Apr 2014||5:00||10:04||5:02||10:15||10:09||5 (5)|
|3||Rianna Hill||22 Apr 2014||5:02||10:18||5:05||10:11||10:14||6 (6)|
|4||Chantelle Waugh||22 Apr 2014||4:58||10:06||5:04||10:29||10:17||7 (2)|
|5||Alanah Hill||22 Apr 2014||5:11||10:20||5:07||10:24||10:22||7 (7)|
|6||Tilly Arrand||22 Apr 2014||5:11||10:24||5:07||10:24||10:24||8 (8)|
|7||Bradley Hurdiss||22 Apr 2014||5:11||10:30||5:20||10:48||10:39||14 (10)|
|8||Kara Mayos||22 Apr 2014||5:18||10:41||5:29||11:01||10:51||14 (13)|
|9||Grace Litchfield||22 Apr 2014||5:26||10:56||5:22||10:57||10:56||16 (15)|
|10||Lucy Pickard||22 Apr 2014||5:25||11:05||5:23||10:57||11:01||16 (16)|
|11||Emma Stringer||22 Apr 2014||5:26||11:00||5:32||11:08||11:04||17 (17)|
|12||Lauren Christmas||22 Apr 2014||5:27||11:01||5:31||11:09||11:05||19 (19)|
|13||Joe Sykes||22 Apr 2014||5:34||11:07||5:39||11:14||11:10||22 (22)|
|14||Rebecca Allen||22 Apr 2014||5:29||11:09||5:31||11:21||11:15||24 (21)|
|15||Charlotte Howard||22 Apr 2014||5:25||10:58||5:40||11:36||11:17||25 (9)|
|16||Ben Wright||22 Apr 2014||5:34||11:34||5:43||11:34||11:34||25 (25)|
|17||Callie Ramshaw||22 Apr 2014||5:43||11:37||5:44||11:33||11:35||26 (26)|
|18||Leah Hague||22 Apr 2014||5:57||12:07||5:55||12:08||12:07||28 (28)|
|19||Emily Gilliver||22 Apr 2014||6:04||12:15||6:03||12:14||12:14||29 (29)|
|20||Tia Bennett||22 Apr 2014||6:07||12:16||6:05||12:20||12:18||30 (30)|
|21||Casey Waugh||22 Apr 2014||6:14||12:40||6:24||12:41||12:40||32 (32)|
|22||Narin Cowell||22 Apr 2014||6:25||13:13||6:35||13:22||13:17||33 (33)|
|23||Aiden Lancaster||22 Apr 2014||6:35||13:27||6:44||13:30||13:28||34 (34)|