LT 028 – Adam Kreek – Kreek Speak

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As I continue with my ramp up towards the Rio Olympics this week’s guest will be another individual with a rowing background: Adam Kreek.

Adam Kreek is a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist. He is also a journalist, adventurer, and social entrepreneur.

During his 13-year rowing career, Adam won over 60 medals, including 43 gold medal performances.  In 2013, Adam made the first ever attempt to row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to America, the subject of the NBC Dateline Documentary, Capsized.

Adam is a Journalist with CBC Sports and writes about health, wellness and strategies for peak performance.  An engineer by training, Adam Chairs the Board of Directors of Greasecycle, a Biodiesel start-up company on Vancouver Island.  Adam is also a Champion with the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, an organization dedicated to bettering health through science-based strategies.

Adam holds a degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrology from Stanford University.

Adam and his team at Kreek Speak have found their purpose: to offer relevant, powerful, and transformative teaching on Personal Leadership and effective Teamwork.  The method?  Communicate key lessons on high performance, framed in compelling narratives and supported by cutting edge research. This formula changes perspectives, behaviours and ultimately, organizational culture.


Here’s what you will learn in this episode:

  • Adam’s work on an oil rig
  • Attending University of Victoria
  • 2004 Olympics
  • Stanford University
  • Build to 2008 Olympics
  • Cross Atlantic Ocean Row
  • Adam’s work as a journalist, speaker, and ambassador
  • Open water rowing vs. rowing
  • Establishing a habit
  • How long it takes to adapt
  • Dynamic vs. static rowing machines
  • Rowing Injuries
  • “The goal remains but the path has changed”
  • Martin McElroy vs. Mike Spracklen
  • Sarah Black
  • His current work and business

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