Jonny Tye – Flatwater Kayak

Jonny Tye

Jonny Tye – Training Session, Worcester Canoe and Kayak Club

DOB – 16th January 1993

Birthplace – Worcester, United Kingdom

Nationality – British

Height – 5ft8

Weight – 70Kg

Coach – Paul Derby-Dowman / Stuart West

Club – Worcester Canoe Club

Twitter – @jonnytye1

Quote – “If you can’t change something, Deal with it”

Greatest Achievement

Becoming a Double World Silver Medallist at the World Marathon Championships in Singapore 2011 in the singles and doubles races

Favourite Exercises in the Gym

Bench Press / Sled exercises

Future Aims

Get the most out of my body and become the best athlete I can be.  Hopefully I will be good enough to win Olympic medals and World titles on my journey.


I am Jonny Tye; GB Flatwater Kayaker,Mechanical Engineer and proud Classic Mini Cooper driver. I am studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey alongside training up to 16 times a week. I previously attended Kings School Worcester.

2011 was my greatest sporting year to date winning two world championship silver medals at the 2011 Marathon World Championships in Singapore. I also represented Great Britain at the Junior World and European Sprint Championships in 2011 and made finals in Olympic events.

I started canoeing at the age of 8 and progressed well through the early days winning national age group medals before my teens. I jumped onto the GB development programme at 14 and went on my first trip to the Loire where I won my first international race. My first big international medal came in 2009 where I raced at the U18 European Marathon Championships as a 16 year old. I raced in a K2 (double) and my partner and I picked up a Bronze medal. This was a turning point for me and gave me the confidence to really believe in myself.

I have been National Marathon Champion in my age group for the last 5 years and was the fastest U18 for two years running. In 2010, as an U17 I won the U18 1000m K1, K2 and K4 events as well as 200m K2- all Olympic disciplines. I also won the 500m K2 and was 2nd I the 500m K1 – non-Olympic events.

In 2011 I won the City of Worcester Sport Award for Best Achievement. Check out the pictures from the awards evening here

My first year at the University of Surrey is coming to an end with just over a month to go. Balancing my studies and my sporting commitments is without doubt the biggest challenge I face. Sometimes it can be really hard and I wonder how I have kept each plate spinning but with such a good support team around me I am able to achieve both academically and on the water. After my first term at university I was on track to achieve a first (>70% overall) in my first year, I hope to maintain this. If Dr. Tim Brabants could win Olympic Gold and Bronze in Beijing, there is no reason I cannot do the same with my chosen career in engineering. He is a huge inspiration to me.

The funding I have received from Sport Worcester over the last few years has been invaluable to me. Any athlete competing at a high level in sport will tell you how expensive everything is; travel expenses to training, kit, equipment, competition fees and even just large volumes of good food! As a student these things really matter and Sport Worcesters’ support has enabled me to eat properly and keep on top of staying healthy and keeping injury free. I am a TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) Ambassador and am hugely grateful for their support. I am also hugely grateful to my University. Surrey University have been very supportive, giving me time out to race abroad and providing me with first class training facilities at the Surrey Sports Park.