Adam van Koeverden

Speaker, Celebrity


Adam van Koeverden

World and Olympic Champion Kayaker | Sports Analyst, CBC TV

World Champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden first captured the world’s attention at the 2004 Olympic Games, where he was a double medallist with gold and bronze victories. Since then, he dominated the sport, taking silver at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, earning two World Championship titles in 2007 and 2011; being named “Canada’s Athlete of the Year” in 2012; and representing Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Adam shares his story of personal success—infusing it with insight that he’s gained both on the water and off—and how it integrates with strong leadership, overcoming challenges, and the importance of teamwork.

Adam began kayaking at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville when he was 13 years old. Not a terribly gifted athlete at that time, he responded to the urging of his mother, who saw a local newspaper ad for the club: “Future Champions Wanted.” Soon after, Adam began to shine.

Today, in addition to his Olympic and World Championship wins, he is a 83-time Canadian kayaking champion, holds a Guinness World Record for paddling the fastest-ever 500 metre in a canoe or kayak, and in 2015 he won bronze in the K1 1000 at the Pan Am Games. Adam was also selected as Canada’s flag bearer at both the 2004 Olympic Games’ closing ceremonies and at the 2008 opening ceremonies. He was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year when he earned the Lou Marsh Trophy in 2004.

In late 2016, Adam announced his retirement from competition.

Adam is an athlete ambassador for Right to Play; a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athlete Commission; involved with the David Suzuki Foundation; and a National Spokesperson for Colon Cancer Canada. He has also spoken on behalf of WaterAid. He also acts as an on-air analyst for CBC Television, most recently covering the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.


Adam van Koeverden, Olympic Champion

Adam van Koeverden takes audiences through the arc of his exceptional athletic career thus far, from his humble beginnings as a young boy learning to paddle for the first time at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, to representing Canada on the world stage.

Turning Challenge Into Opportunity

Participating in the Olympic Games has taught Adam van Koeverden about the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals. Adam speaks on how to turn bad results into good results, and embracing failure as a part of success.

Bridging the Gap Between High Performance Sport and High Performance Business

Adam van Koeverden is one of the world’s most elite athletes. Understanding the drive and desire to succeed is part of his DNA, and a trait he has relied on to see him to the Olympic podium four times.

Adam shares his insight into high performance and how it relates to the business world, from the inspiration needed to set and achieve goals, to overcoming setbacks on the way to victory.

Host, Emcee, Moderator

Adam van Koeverden is available to act as a host, emcee, or moderator at your next event. Comfortable on stage at a business function or a gala, Adam’s natural charisma adds a special quality to any engagement.

As a on-air talent with CBC, Adam can also be counted on to bring curiosity and insight to on-stage interviews he conducts, and more.

Train with Adam van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden is available to bring added value to your function as a celebrity sports figure. Whether you’d like to give your colleagues the opportunity to take a 5km run with this world champion, or perhaps have him participate in a charitable bike ride, Adam will bring extra excitement to any event you have in mind.

Celebrity Services

Adam van Koeverden is available for sponsorships, endorsements, public relations and media spokesperson campaigns, product launches, voice-overs, celebrity appearances, and more. Contact us to learn more: celebrity@speakers.ca.

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