Olympic Champ Heather Moyse to Climb New Heights with Canadian Soldiers in Antarctica
Two-time Olympic gold medalist hopes to raise big money on journey to highest peak in Antarctica
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I.—Heather Moyse has twice climbed to the top step of the Olympic podium, but the multi-sport athlete is now facing what may be her biggest challenge ever – hiking to the summit of Vinson Massif – the highest peak in Antarctica.
Arguably one of the most gifted female athletes in the country, the 37-year-old is hoping to raise big money for charity while joining eight military veterans and 18 business leaders on an epic journey to one of the world’s Seven Summits as part of the True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition, January 6-27, 2016.
“Having competed at the highest level in both bobsleigh and rugby, I realize what it takes to achieve excellence, but preparing for this journey to Antarctica requires a whole different kind of preparation both physically and mentally”, said Moyse, who will be carrying a pack more than 60 lbs up the ice wall.
“I was approached about this opportunity in the spring and, initially, had my doubts. I am a sprinter – not a walker. I don’t do well in the cold! But, I speak to organizations all across the country about overcoming obstacles, how perspective can make or break your opportunities, and that stepping outside of one’s comfort zone to discover your true potential. And let me tell you, I don’t think there’s a better opportunity for me to walk the talk than by climbing an ice mountain in minus 40 degree temperatures – far beyond my comfort zone!”
Amidst her speaking engagements across the country, Moyse has been training by walking significant distances while carrying huge weight – all with the goal of raising much-needed funding and awareness for the brave men and women of our Canadian Armed Forces to ensure that each individual who has served our country is able to receive the care they need to recover and reclaim their body and spirit following service, making a successful transition back to civilian life.
“Not only will this be an opportunity for me to challenge myself, but it is, ultimately, a way for me to give back. I have been blessed with the ability to represent my country, but it is our Canadian Armed Forces to whom I owe thanks for that chance. The lives we live, the jobs we do, the hobbies we enjoy – are all thanks to our soldiers who chose to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Whether making a donation or actually climbing the mountain, this expedition is a way to show our gratitude for the life we have been afforded,” added Moyse.
Using sport as a means to not only discover her potential in the face of challenges, giving back to her community and inspiring others has been as important to Moyse’s life as representing Canada at the highest level in winter and summer sport.
Moyse has an innate desire to play a leading role in raising awareness of issues and adversities in communities around the world while working with individuals affected by various disabilities and challenges through association with Right to Play, Camp Triumph in Prince Edward Island, and the Boys and Girls Club.
“I am a small town girl from Prince Edward Island who set big goals and was fortunate enough to realize many of my dreams in sport,” said Moyse. “It is my goal now to leverage my position as an Olympic gold medallist to encourage everyone, regardless of age or ability, that if you believe in the possibilities, big things can happen in sport, business, and life. We are all capable of way more than we give ourselves credit for.”
An exceptional academic who achieved her Masters in Occupational Therapy, Moyse will fly to Chile in one month’s time, January 5, 2016, where her group will stage for three days before heading to base camp for two days to acclimatize, and review equipment, before starting the expedition.
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