News September 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
September Sprints Round-up
Two for England Talent
27 Sep: We've received notification this week that two of our girls have been selected for English Programmes Talent Development. In recent years it's been our boys achieving selection for talent camps, it's nice to see that include two very strong and well skilled girls this year in Gillian Clarke (Arm) and Laura Brookes (Edl).
The structure of England Talent is changing for this season. There will be 8 Education and Development days through October and November. Those will cover a range of subjects expected to help young athletes prepare for senior podium success. Following up in early January will be a series of 3 stroke camps targeted at emerging athletes excelling across the range of Olympic events. Finally, small teams will be selected for pool and open water competitions to expose athletes to the experience of competing as part of a British team away from their normal environment.
In addition to that, there will be club visits and targeted coach development throughout the year. It's hoped the new look talent development programme will better prepare young athletes to fulfill their potential and succeed as Senior athletes on a world class pathway.
Three for Team Yorkshire
14 Sep: It's been getting closer for a few years but Yorkshire have yet to topple their red rose rivals Lancashire from the top spot at National County Team Championships. The white rose team will again be bolstered by Dartes athletes for next month's contest, and on paper at least, Yorkshire look to have their best shot yet!
First time call-up after her first appearance in a National final in the summer is Laura Brookes (Edl). She'll be joining our two National Champions and Team Yorkshire veterans Joe Litchfield (Spa) and Jarvis Parkinson (Arm). In recognition of Dartes' position in Yorkshire swimming these days, Coach Wallace has been selected for the coaching staff again too.
The Championships will be hosted at Ponds Forge on October 19th. 1,000 spectators are expected to raise the roof cheering their team home. We'll hopefully be able to bring you a link for live streaming nearer the time.
A few days after the initial announcement we received a 4th selection. After her best ever year at Nationals Shannon Dodson (Adw) was added to Team Yorkshire.
7 Gold and a Silver at UK School Games
6 Sep: The two missing from training this weekend can be excused as they were representing England North at the Sainsbury's 2014 UK School Games. The event is a multi-sports contest (similar to Olympic or Commonwealth Games) involving Swimming, Athletics, Cycling, Badminton and many of the other major Olympic sports. For 2014 it takes place across 9 venues around Manchester, the 2002 Commonwealth Games Aquatics Centre being the focus of our interest. Around 1,600 of the nation's finest school-aged sports stars are competing.
First medal for Dartes came Saturday morning with Jarvis Parkinson (Arm) in the 200m Freestyle. Silver behind Ireland's Gerry Quinn in 1:55.96. That represents Jarvis' 4th fastest time ever despite the summer break and his first attempt as a 16 year old.
Next up in the 100m Backstroke Joe Litchfield (Spa) took on the two boys who beat him at Nationals last month. This time the top 3 were flipped over. Joe took the Gold medal, Scotland's Craig McLean again took the Silver, but Dominic Walker had to settle for Bronze.
No such shake up in the big medley though. Without his England North team-mate Jarvis for competition, Joe cruised to victory. Jarvis also returned a little later to help Yorkshire rival Kyle Chisholm (Borough of Kirklees) and Joe's sparring partner Luke Greenbank (Cockermouth) win Gold for the 4x100m Freestyle. Fourth boy on the team was Sedgefield's Mathew Bradley.
Sunday morning began with both boys involved in the 4x200m Freestyle team. Surprisingly it was an all Yorkshire quartet with BoKirklees' Kyle Chisholm and CoSheffield's Sam Budd taking the other two spots. Between them they helped extend the dominance of England North with another Gold medal.
The Golds continued to flow when National Champion Jarvis commanded a 2sec lead in the 200m IM, and then Joe returned to lead out the 4x100m Medley team to another win. In all, our boys scored 7 Golds and 1 Silver, with a little help from their Northern friends.
Fund Raising Madness
5 Sep: It's not just our superstar young athletes who take on ridiculously tough challenges and over come them! Earlier this summer Jane and Jeff Pickard took part in the Total Warrior event to raise much needed money for the club.
It's billed as the toughest 10 km or 10 mile challenge on earth - and we're not going to disagree. A giant obstacle race some where in the lake district. Involved is a lot of mud, fire (yes that did say fire), mud, a significant amount of water, mud, walls (covered in mud), nets to crawl under (through mud), and pipes to crawl through (pipes smeared in mud). It's also a little muddy.
If anyone else fancies having a crack at it next year, your target is to beat the £272 Jeff and Jane raised this year; thanks in large to your generous donations.
Here's a preview of what's in store for anyone foolish enough to consider next year's Total Warrior challenge ...