Adam van Koeverden readies for Pan Am, paddles for sports doc

IN PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes at the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre with star kayaker Adam van Koeverden

In our innovative sports documentary The Equalizer, we’ve selected 5 elite summer athletes who will run, swim, kayak, cycle or throw using equipment from the past to see if they can beat the world records set by former greats. (For more on how we’ll factor in the variables and equalize the matchups see our previous post.)

One of our star athletes is 4-time Olympic medallist Adam van Koeverden. We brought Adam to the Welland Pan Am Flatwater Centre in Welland, Ontario – site of the Canoe/Kayak events of the 2015 Pan Am Games – and asked him to paddle in both his own kayak and a restored kayak that legend Gert Fredriksson would have raced. Adam was more than up for the challenge – he even contributed a vintage paddle to the shoot!

The Equalizer Documentary Adam Van Koeverden

Adam van Koeverden warms up in Welland, Ontario.

The Equalizer Documentary Dr. Greg Wells

Trainer Dr. Greg Wells works with Adam to improve his training methods.

The Equalizer Documentary director Rebecca Snow

Steve Haake (in blue) is our on-screen sports scientist. He’s also the director of the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University in England.

The Equalizer Documentary Scientist Steve Haake

Steve Haake knows his sporting world records – here he is timing Adam’s trial.

The Equalizer Documentary director Rebecca Snow

Director Rebecca Snow running the shoot in Welland.

The Equalizer Documentary Adam Van Koeverden

Adam has been a top performer in the sport for 2 decades. How did he do in a vintage kayak?

The Equalizer Documentary Camera

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