Olympic champion calls “unfortunate’’ how her Order of P.E.I. honour has become politicized
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Healther Moyse with Premier Robert Ghiz during rally in Summerside Feb. 28, 2014.
Olympic gold medallist Heather Moyse calls “unfortunate’’ the controversy over Premier Robert Ghiz bypassing legislation to name the local hero to the Order of P.E.I.
Still, Moyse says she will not let the criticism Ghiz faces for sidestepping proper procedures sour what she considers a great honour.
“I was brought up to think it is the thought that counts,’’ she told The Guardian Wednesday.
She believes it is “unfortunate’’ her special recognition has been turned into a political issue.
Moyse likens the Order of P.E.I. to her gold medal. Both, she notes, are “tangible objects’’ that recognize her achievement.
“For me, it’s the (winning) race that I hold near and dear to my heart,’’ she adds.
Moyse says the many Islanders who packed into Credit Union Place in Summerside Friday to celebrate her victorious bobsled run in Sochi offered touching recognition for a golden Olympic effort.
“That evening was a very special evening for me,’’ she said. “I felt really honoured.’’
No one has said Moyse does not deserve the be named to the Order of P.E.I. as a further honour to her remarkable athletic career that now includes two gold medals.
However, Charles Curley, chairman of the Order of P.E.I. Advisory Council, says proper procedures were not followed in naming Moyse to hold the high distinction.
Ghiz has said he will change the legislation in the upcoming spring session of the legislature to ensure the honour is bestowed on Moyse.
As for Moyse, she is not going to fret over how the controversy plays out.
“Whatever happens from here on out, it’s beyond my control,’’ she said.