The United States Dragon Boat Federation and its communities have lost a prominent member of our dragon boat community, Dr. Hype Mattingly-Jordan on Saturday, 18 August. Dr. Mattingly served the USDBF as the Premier Women’s coach in 2015, and paddled many years as a Team USA member. Hype’s passion for the sport at all levels, and more importantly her commitment to any paddler she came into contact with, will continue to be carried forward by all those she had touched over the years.
The USDBF officers and directors offer our sincerest condolences to her wife Sara Jordan, and to Hype’s family.
The United States Dragon Boat Federation will be creating a scholarship in honor of Hype Mattingly, to be awarded each year to a paddler to attend the Bow Wave Training Camp. Anyone who was coached by Hype at this camp soon learned about her desire to make each paddler into much more than they ever thought possible, with her fierce energy, attention to detail, and endless perseverance and persistence.
It is the hope that athletes awarded the Hype Mattingly Scholarship will take advantage of the opportunity to learn, grow, and excel in the sport of Dragon Boat with that same fierce desire shown by Hype throughout her coaching career.