Jarvis Dashkewytch is racking up the air miles to begin the new year as a up-and-coming standout with Rugby Canada.
The 18-year-old from Tsawwassen is in Vina Del Mar, Chile this weekend as a member of Canada’s National Men’s Sevens Development Team for the final leg of the South America Rugby Sevens.
Canada is slated to face the United States, Argentina and Columbia on Saturday with placement play scheduled for Sunday.
Dashkewytch also learned this week he has been named to Canada’s U20 15s team for an upcoming tour of Portugal and Spain.
The trip is planned for Feb. 13-25 with two matches against Portugal in Lisbon, followed by a U20 tournament with France, Spain and Portugal in Valladolid on Feb 23-24. Each of the four teams will play each other in 50 min games over the weekend.
The roster was finalized following a five-day selection camp in Shawnigan Lake.
Once the team returns home from Europe, there will be regional camps during the last week of March. The final squad will then congregate at Shawnigan Lake in mid-May to prepare for two matches against the United States. The winning team, based on a two-game aggregate score, will for to Brazil in July for the World Trophy.
Dashkewytch was a multi-sport standout growing up who backstopped the Delta Islanders to the Midget A1 provincial lacrosse championship in 2016. He also thrived on the football field with a dominant South Delta Rams team that won three straight VMFL and BC titles without losing game.
He recently turned much of his focus to rugby and moved to Victoria and the Canadian Sports School for his Grade 12 year to be based at Rugby Canada’s national training centre.