Tuesday, September 5, 2006
With all of the things Summerside native Heather
Moyse has accomplished so far in her life, her biggest
accomplishment did not come on the sports field.
Islander has her own set of priorities
BY SCOTT PETERSEN
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
EDMONTON - Summerside native Heather Moyse has packed a
lifetime of spectacular accomplishments into her 28
Sheâ€™s among the worldâ€™s best brakewomen in bobsledding,
is a speedy game-breaker for the national rugby team,
provincial track star in PEI and her name already
resides in a university sport hall of fame in Ontario.
Yet, none of those is her biggest accomplishment: They
rank behind the time she spent in Trinidad and Tobago,
realizing her goal of developing sport for the disabled.
Consider her priorities firmly intact.
“Something like that changes your life, your outlook on
things,” said Moyse, who spent more than two years
teaching and implementing sports programs in the county.
“You see things in a whole different perspective,
different light. And maybe thatâ€™s what gives you the
extra oomph, because you know people are working harder
for other things.”
As the latest challenge in a hectic year representing
her country, Canada needed a big game from Moyse to post
a victory over Spain Monday in the second game of the
Womenâ€™s Rugby World Cup.
Canada went on to hammer Spain 79-0 with Moyse scoring
two tries. Canada led 29-0 at the half to even its
record to 1-1, while Spain fell to 0-2.
The pressure to perform is nothing new for her after
being named a medal favorite at the Turin Olympics
despite just five months of experience in a bobsleigh.
Moyse and pilot Helen Upperton blasted the track
push-start record on all four runs, only to finish five
one-hundredths of a second off the podium.
“Although weâ€™re proud of it, itâ€™s hard to feel like you
might be disappointing others,” said Moyse, who will
take a year off the sport before giving it a full effort
in advance of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
“Thereâ€™s so much potential for the future and so much
can happen in the next four years.”
Looking back, the thought there could be two Olympic
metals hanging around her neck doesnâ€™t faze her. She was
heavily recruited for the bobsleigh team in the summer
of 2001 as the womenâ€™s version was set to make its debut
at the Olympics.
Her recruiters didnâ€™t understand that the easier they
made it sound, the less she was interested. She decided
to follow her dreams to the challenges awaiting in
Trinidad and Tobago instead.
She wouldnâ€™t trade the experience for anything,
especially since more opportunities to play for her
country have popped up since her return in 2004. Rugby
Canada brought her into the national team fold and the
bobsleigh recruiters wouldnâ€™t quit on testing her as a
“It was good and refreshing coming back and knowing
youâ€™re playing something because you really want to be
playing,” Moyse said. “Playing because you realize you
She has slightly delayed her masters work in
occupational therapy at the University of Toronto while
competing at the World Cup, and will return to school
after the tournament. However, sheâ€™s already used up all
her university sports eligibility in track, soccer and
rugby while at the University of Waterloo, where she was
inducted into the schoolâ€™s hall of fame in 2002.
Canadian coach Neil Langevin is ecstatic to have her
athleticism in his lineup.
“Her skill-set is quite a bit different than quite a few
others,” said Langevin. “With her incredible speed,
sheâ€™s developed some skills and attributes that are a
little bit more unorthodox than most. But the speed is
tight, if youâ€™re really not ready for it, sheâ€™ll scorch
Canada lost its first game of the tournament, 66-7 to
New Zealand Thursday. Canada pays Kazakhstan on Friday.
(Edmonton Journal; includes information from The
Canadian Press and The Guardian)