Milton’s MP is now in the Canada Sports Hall of Fame

A Milton politician is recognized for his many Olympic achievements.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Milton Adam van Koeverden is a four-time Olympic medalist, including a gold medal in the K1 500m kayak event at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He was also Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

He was recently inducted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

The Liberal MP was inducted with a stacked class for 2022, including hockey player Hayley Wickenheiser and lacrosse player John Tavares, who many considered the “greatest of all time” in their fields. Tavares is the uncle of former Milton Icehawk and Toronto Maple Leaf John Tavares. van Koeverden is overwhelmed by his introductory course.

Class 2022 also includes:

  • four-time Major League Soccer champion Dwayne De Rosario;
  • rower Tricia Smith;
  • Paralympic swimmer Tim McIsaac;
  • sports broadcaster Brian Williams; and,
  • “Father of the Northern Games” Edward Lennie.

All initiates received the Order of Sport of Canada, the country’s highest sporting honor.

MP van Koeverden adds that over the years he has become a bit shy when talking about himself. At his current job, he always talks about Milton. He needs to talk about himself now and it’s an odd temporary adjustment for him. He says that was never expected.

Coming from a low-income household in ever-expensive Oakville, he promotes the kayak as something that has given him everything. He was first exposed to Indigenous creation when he was a child who needed something inexpensive to do after school. The hobby led him to his first career which took him all over the world.

van Koeverden is now a two-term MP, winning the seat in 2019 from then-Conservative MP Lisa Raitt. He then retained the seat in the 2021 federal election.

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