© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
Olympian Heather Moyse is surrounded by fans as she makes her way to the stage during a recent celebration in Summerside.
SUMMERSIDE – Summerside’s Heather Moyse has been named an athlete role model for the 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
Scheduled to be held in Nanjing, China, from Aug. 16 - 28, the Youth Olympic Games are open to athletes aged 14 to 18.
The role model program brings in 37 Olympic champions from numerous sports to act as mentors for their younger counterparts.
The mentors will be available to the young Olympians in both an official capacity, during training lectures, and unofficial capacity, between competition and during off hours, for the entirety of the Games.
Moyse was selected to mentor the new athletes of the new Olympic sport of Rugby 7s.
Moyse has played rugby at an international level for years, even long before she was approached to try bobsleigh, a sport in which she now has two Olympic gold medals.
Rugby will make its first full Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games in Brazil.
The main goal behind making the ARMs as accessible as possible is so they can share their experiences and inspire the young athletes to be the best they can be both on and off the field of play, said Claudia Bokel, chairwoman of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission.
“The Athlete Role Model program is a really unique element of the Youth Olympic Games. The ARMs have so much valuable information to pass on to the younger generation. They will really inspire and empower the athletes long after the Games conclude to not only be great ‘Youth Olympians’, but to share the skills and values learnt at the Youth Olympic Games with their communities and peers,” said Bokel.