Old Boys Achievement

Kye Jarvis,
College Vice Captain 2016

Kye Jarvis has been selected in the Under 18 Australian ‘Auroras’ Dragon Boat team to compete in the 13th World Nations Championships from 27 - 30 July 2017 at Divonne-Les-Bains in France.
Born and bred in Melbourne, Kye started dragon boating only a little over 1 year ago through a Naval Cadets Weekend On Board camp in late 2015. Members of the Dragonboat Victoria approached Kye at the camp, acknowledging his natural ability and paddling technique and encouraged him to try out for the Victorian State Team. Through hard work and dedication to the training regime, Kye was successful and chosen to represent Victoria in the Under 18 Dragon Boating team in 2016 and Captained the Victoria Team in the recent April 2017 Australian National Championships in Albury-Wodonga.

Kye is a current Able Seaman (AB) with Training Ship (T.S) Melbourne at Surrey Hills Cadets Navy Base. Kye was awarded Cadet of the Year in 2016 with T.S. Melbourne, and won the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Award for Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award, nominated by his then school St James College Year 10 and previously was awarded the Year 9 St James College Award in 2015.

Kye has participated in many community sports including basketball, as a representative player, coach and referee, football and was awarded a Bronze Medallion in Surf Life Saving with Brighton Life Saving Club.

As part of preparation for the World Championships, Kye has a dedicated training regime which includes: training camps interstate, including the at the Australian Institute of Sport, submitting monthly benchmarking reports and video of paddling technique to the Australian dragon boat U18 coaches, gym training at school and at a local gym, group fitness with the Yarra River Dragons and paddling sessions with Victorian Australian Team members. Kye is provided with guidance on athlete dietary requirements, factoring in the amount of exercise to maintain racing performance in dragonboating. Dragonboating is a highly aerobic sport that requires accelerating heart rate in short intervals, strength and endurance to sustain power in the boat. Dragonboaters get very hungry after a training session and it is vital that they have the right nutritional food on hand to balance their hunger and recovery needs.

Kye is highly committed to maintaining a healthy balanced training and eating regime and still finds time to study VCE Year 11 at St Bede’s College in Mentone and participating when able with the weekly parades with the Naval Cadets T.S. Melbourne. You may see Kye out paddling a Training Kayak (TK1) out on the bay to perfect his paddling technique and measure his own strength, endurance and power. Kye is a very busy young man and has hopes and dreams of dragonboat racing being a sport in the Commonwealth Games and Olympics one day soon.

Fairness & Sportsmanship
Kye’s dedication and leadership contributed to his selection as the male captain of the 2017 Dragonboat Victoria Junior State Team at the AusChampps recently held in Aubury Wodonga. Kye also competed with the Yarra River Dragons Premier men’s and mixed crews at these AusChamps 2017 in 2017. This is quite a big responsibility and very mature approach for a young man who is under 18, making Kye an up and coming rising star in the dragonboat community.

At St James College Kye volunteered his time at Balgo in Western Australia working with indigenous communities, was stage manager of the Macbeth production at St James College in 2015 where he led teams and received standing ovation at the final performance. 2016 Kye was then part of the production by St James ‘Sorrento 51’.

Dragon Boat Racing is a growing worldwide sport

In the 1970s the Hong Kong Tourist Association (now Tourist Board) decided to stage an International Dragon Boat Festival to promote Hong Kong. In 1976 the first Hong Kong International Races took place, an event recognised today, by dragon boaters world wide, as the start of the 'Modern Era' of Sport Dragon Boat Racing.

Not yet an Olympic sport but heading that way fast, Dragon Boat Racing is a 'team sport which is now practised in over 60 countries and is now governed by the International Dragon Boat Federation.

Worldwide, there are nearly 50 million participants in China; over 300,000 in the UK and Europe, including Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Russia; 90,000 in Canada and the USA and many thousands in Australia and New Zealand and with the sport now spreading through the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific Basin; Dragon Boat Sport, under its governing bodies is a vibrant, effective and independent paddle sport.

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