Adam Van Koeverden (CAN)

Adam Van Koeverden (CAN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
29 January 1982
182 cm
86 kg
Toronto, ON, CAN
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - McMaster University: Hamilton, ON, CAN


General Interest

Vank (, 10 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." [Steve Prefontaine] (, 10 Aug 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named Canada’s Athlete of the Year in 2012. (, 10 Jul 2015)

He was flag bearer for Canada at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (, 10 Aug 2014)

He received the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Outstanding Athlete of the Year for 2004. (, 10 Aug 2014)
Other information
He has served as an ambassador for Right To Play, an organisation that uses sport to improve health, build life skills and foster peace for disadvantaged children and communities. Following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, he helped raise money for the charity 'Climbing For A Cause' by hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. He has also worked with the David Suzuki Foundation and Colon Cancer Canada. (, 26 Jul 2015;, 10 Aug 2014;, 12 Feb 2013;, 22 Apr 2008)

He worked as an analyst for a television channel in Canada, covering the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. He also wrote a blog during the Games that gave training advice on cross-country skiing. (, 08 Jul 2014;, 26 Jul 2015)

He was one of six athletes elected to the Canadian Olympic Committee's [COC] Athletes' Commission in September 2008. He was re-elected in 2012 and serves as the vice-chair of the commission. (, 10 Aug 2014)

He won gold in the K1 500m and bronze in the K1 1000m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. It was the first time a Canadian male paddler had claimed a medal in either event. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2015;, 17 Aug 2008)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age 13 at the Burloak Canoe Club in Oakville, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport after his mother saw an advert in the local newspaper that read 'Future Champions Wanted'. "She was concerned I was going to find trouble after school. Canoe club was her solution."
Club / Team
Burloak Canoe Club: Oakville, ON, CAN
Name of coach
Scott Oldershaw [club, national], CAN; Larry Cain [club, national], CAN


Olympic GamesK1 1000mBrazil, Rio de Janeiro16 August 20162016Men3:31.8729Latest result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mEngland, London8 August 20122012Men3:27.1702Best result
Olympic GamesK1 500mChina, Beijing23 August 20082008Men1:37.6302Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mChina, Beijing22 August 20082008Men3:31.7938
Olympic GamesK1 500mGreece, Athens28 August 20042004Men1:37.9191Best result
Olympic GamesK1 1000mGreece, Athens27 August 20042004Men3:28.2183Best result
World ChampionshipsK4 1000mItaly, Milan23 August 20152015Men3:04.08716
World ChampionshipsK1 500mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men1:40.7415Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men3:27.7397
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mRussia, Moscow9 August 20142014Men20:52.8345Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men20:35.07010
World ChampionshipsK2 1000mGermany, Duisburg31 August 20132013Men3:19.02913
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20112011Men3:36.1941Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 5000mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men20:19.0225Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mPoland, Poznan22 August 20102010Men1:39.0053Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mPoland, Poznan21 August 20102010Men3:35.56910
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men1:39.0435Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men3:31.2853Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mGermany, Duisburg12 August 20072007Men1:36.2791Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mGermany, Duisburg11 August 20072007Men3:40.6752Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mHungary, Szeged20 August 20062006Men1:40.4204Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mHungary, Szeged19 August 20062006Men3:40.1694Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mCroatia, Zagreb28 August 20052005Men1:37.0823Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mCroatia, Zagreb27 August 20052005Men3:29.8412Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 500mUnited States, Gainesville, GA14 September 20032003Men1:38.8186
World ChampionshipsK1 1000mUnited States, Gainesville, GA13 September 20032003Men3:29.7202Best result
Oceania ChampionshipsK1 1000mAustralia, Adelaide14 February 20162016Men3:35.8211Latest result
Oceania ChampionshipsK2 1000mAustralia, Adelaide13 February 20162016Men3:26.767Latest result
Olympic Qualification Tournament AmericaK1 1000mUnited States, Gainesville, GA20 May 20162016Men3:30.661Latest resultBest result
Pan American ChampionshipsK1 1000mMexico, Mexico City9 October 20102010Men3:47.723
Pan American ChampionshipsK1 5000mMexico, Mexico City8 October 20102010Men21:48.841Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak5 June 20162016Men9Latest result
World CupIndividual Kayak23 August 20152015Men14
World CupIndividual Kayak10 August 20142014Men10
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20122012Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak21 August 20112011Men4
World CupIndividual Kayak22 August 20102010Men5
World CupIndividual Kayak7 June 20092009Men2Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak29 June 20082008Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 June 20072007Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak3 September 20062006Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak28 August 20052005Men1Best result
World CupIndividual Kayak6 July 20032003Men6