Adam believes in the positive power of sport. He was born on Haida Gwaii and follows his mother’s Haida lineage to the Tsiij Gitanne Eagle Clan, and from his Father’s side he is Ukrainian.

Adam believes in the positive power of sport.

He was born on Haida Gwaii and follows his mother’s Haida lineage to the Tsiij Gitanne Eagle Clan, and from his Father’s side he is Ukrainian.

He has been active in sports his whole life thanks to the persistent mentoring and strong role modeling from both of his parents. In his early years of life he was in Tae Kwon Do, Soccer, Handball, and Track and Field. As Adam grew older he changed his focus to weight training, rugby, football, and boxing.

In 2008, Adam decided he wanted to give back to those around him, and after looking at his skills he decided to give back in one of his strongest areas which is sports. He then started gearing his thoughts and actions towards living a stronger and healthier life.

He now encourages and works with the youth through the GEN7 Aboriginal Role Model Program to help develop their leadership skills and assist them in reaching their recreational goals. Also, he has worked with the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity Partners Council in 2011 as a Sport and Active Living Leadership youth, returning as alumni each subsequent year, and is now the Northwest Region Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator. He’s also completed the Aboriginal Coaching Module and has coached several youth football and rugby teams.

Since many of our future leaders are at higher education institutions, he decided to pursue employment as an Aboriginal Engagement and Retention Student Support at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to work with those leaders. At the University he organized a run club, recreational events, and fitness workshops to help inspire Aboriginal students to stay active in their busy lives. He attended TRU for three years with the ambitions to become a high school teacher, but currently he’s taking time off from post-secondary to raise his family. Adam thoroughly enjoyed his time expanding his mind at university and fully intends to finish his schooling at a post-secondary level. In the mean-time, he continues training in his own personal studies to help him learn more about the world and to have a stronger mind.

He now uses the experience and knowledge of his life in hopes of inspiring others to be more active and bringing balance back to their lives.

 

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

 

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