It’s hard to keep up with Kluane Adamek — she’s always got something on the go.
So it’s not surprising that the 23-year-old Canadian Studies graduate has been chosen as the Yukon’s Aboriginal Youth ambassador at the Vancouver Olympics. If that wasn’t a big enough honour, she’s also going to be carrying the torch in Vancouver.
“I’m really excited about it. It’s going to be a really neat opportunity,” Adamek says, referring to being an ambassador. “I’m honoured and out of the six (from the Yukon), I am the only one who is First Nations.”
She heard about the Olympic Pan Northern Program through the Yukon territorial government. The program offered youth aged 18 to 25 from the North the opportunity to get involved in the Olympics as cultural and sports ambassadors. Adamek, who is a citizen of the Kluane First Nations, will be assisting with event services at the Richmond Oval.
Then there’s the torch run.
When Adamek heard that the National Association of Friendship Centres was looking for torchbearers as part of its Urban Aboriginal Community Heroes program, she couldn’t resist. As luck would have it, she was chosen as one of 10 Aboriginal persons selected to participate.
“I will definitely run it (instead of walking),” says Adamek, who is currently living in Whitehorse. “My mom is really excited. She encouraged me to apply.”