Former University of Victoria Vikes rower Adam Kreek, an Olympic gold medallist, is the keynote speaker for the 2011 Vikes Championship Breakfast to be held at McKinnon Gymnasium on Tuesday Sept. 27
The event raises funds for athletic financial awards to attract the best and brightest student-athletes to UVic.
Vikes director of athletics and recreation Clint Hamilton said he is pleased to have Kreek on board to speak at this pinnacle event on the UVic calendar.
“It’s always important to have an accomplished member of our Vikes alumni to speak at this event,” Hamilton said. “Adam joins the list of excellent speakers for this event including Chris Hebb in 2008 and Steph Dixon in 2010 who spoke to our supporters, alumni, coaches and student-athletes. Heading into 2012 London Olympics year, it is nice to have a successful Olympian to address our audience.”
Kreek said he is excited for the opportunity.
“Sport is one of the pillars that keeps our Island society safe and strong,” Kreek said. “The higher knowledge and intelligence espoused from our university is another pillar. As an alumni athlete and student, I believe community support of the Vikes Championship Breakfast empowers a positive, forward motion within our lower Island culture.”
"Adam was able to give context to the challenges of achieving personal best performances by putting the teams' goals first, in support of a mission. He is credible, clear and articulate and he connects with his audience. Adam is a high functioning individual; his intelligence and passion are balanced with an unfailing sense of humour that is not lost on his listeners. Anyone who dares to dream will be moved by Adam's perspectives on making something a reality."
Lieutenant Colonel Director of Cadets, Royal Military College