Two of DARTES rising stars represent Great Britain at the European Games in Baku

Joe Litchfield (Dearne Valley) and Jarvis Parkinson (Armthorpe) went out to Baku to experience their first multi sport event with 6000 athletes from 50 different countries competing across 30 sports. Swimming was one of a few sports using the games for the junior athletes incorporating the European junior championship competition format 17-18years boys and 15-16yrs girls age at 31st December.

DARTES have previously been represented at European Junior level by Max Litchfield (SPA) who qualified for the GB team on two occasions 2012 and 2013 returning from his second outing with a silver medal from the 200m individual medley and a gold medal as part of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team.

Joe and Jarvis being in their first year at this level had a focus of going out to enjoy the event and gain valuable experience of competing at this level to help them move forward ready for next year and beyond. 

Joe competed in the 100m back (17th), 200m back (13th), 200m fly (13th), 400m individual medley (9th) demonstrating his versatility and earning valuable experience competing in the semi final of the 200m fly producing a strong PB in his biggest race so far. Joe also played a part in the silver medal winning 4 x 100m mixed medley relay team having the backstroke leg in the heats swim before the team was changed for the final to bring in some other GB stars.

Jarvis was competing in the 200m and 400m individual medley. His first swim was his preferred event the 200m and Jarvis did not disappoint as he secured a place in the final as 8th fastest qualifier in his first year at this high level. Swimming from the outside lane in the final Jarvis managed to rip up the form book and managed to secure a 2nd place finish and silver medal with a fantastic performance that also earned him the British age group record (16yrs). 

Both boys did brilliantly and showed what they can do at the highest level; hopefully this experience will help them in moving their swimming careers forward and lead to further success and has demonstrated to the younger swimmers in Doncaster what can be achieved if you aim high and believe in yourself.