Amazing Moyse gives Islanders a link to Sochi

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Summerside native rebounds from injury to earn berth on Olympic bobsleigh team

Heather Moyse

Islanders will have a special interest in the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics in early 2014, thanks to the heroics of Summerside’s amazing Heather Moyse. After being away from the sport for more than two years because of injuries, Ms. Moyse demonstrated her incredible athletic ability by turning an unlikely, long shot selection into a sure thing with a pair of bobsleigh goals at World Cup events in recent weeks.

Moyse got the good news she was named to the Canadian bobsleigh team Monday during a news conference in Montreal. She’s home for the holidays now but will waste no time in getting back to training immediately after Christmas. This will be her third Olympic team, but could be her biggest moment considering her comeback status.

At age 35, she knows her time is running out in such a demanding sport as brakeman on a two-person bobsleigh team. She is the defending gold medallist and knows the pressure will be on her team to duplicate the feat turned in at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago with Kaillie Humphries.

Ms. Moyse finished a strong fourth in her first Olympic foray at the 2006 Olympics in Italy as brakeman for pilot Helen Upperton, just five months after joining the sport. A painful hip injury required surgery a year ago but that didn’t stop her from making the national rugby sevens team for the World Cup in Moscow in June.

Since resuming her bobsleigh career, she and Humphries won two of the three races they have competed in this season and finished second in the other. As part of her pre-Olympic training she heads to Europe Dec. 28 to prepare for four World Cup events leading to Sochi. She is a great ambassador for Summerside, her province and her country.


Our big year ( - from Dec. 17, 1963)

(The editorial below appeared in The Guardian 50 years ago this week).

Seldom has Prince Edward Island been so much in the limelight at a federal-provincial conference as it has this week at Ottawa, where the various projects marking the centennial of Confederation are being discussed. The celebrations will start with the opening of the Fathers of Confederation memorial building next spring, with a season-long program of theatrical, musical and other events, which will make Charlottetown a mecca for visitors from coast to coast.

It is still hard to realize what an impetus these entertainment features, and the various national conventions which will be held here during the year, will give to the whole province. There is scarcely a business of any kind that will not feel the impact of the succession of friendly visitations, which will be continuous throughout the season.

A key man in all these activities will be our tourist development minister and provincial secretary, J. David Stewart, who is at the Ottawa conference this week in connection with the signing of federal-provincial agreements on sharing the cost of the various centennial projects. Mr. Stewart was mayor of Charlottetown during this city’s centennial celebrations some years ago. That experience should serve him in good stead.

But it is going to be a gigantic enterprise — playing host to the stream of visitors who will be attracted here during the coming months. We should be prepared to co-operate wholeheartedly in any suggestions that may come from official sources, in the way of decorating stores and private residences, and otherwise in showing our interest and enthusiasm.

It will be the biggest year Prince Edward Island has ever had, and it is time now for all of us to get into the appropriate mood.

Geographic location: Sochi, Summerside, Montreal Prince Edward Island Ottawa Charlottetown Italy Moscow Europe

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