Heather is an accomplished speaker who inspires people all around the world with the depth of her experiences, and enlightens audiences with her lessons and philosophies on success and life.
Describing Heather Moyse in one phrase is a difficult task. She is so much to so many: multi-sport national athlete (bobsleigh, rugby, cycling), inspirational speaker, ambassador, humanitarian, and above all, champion and leader. She is a 3-time Olympian and 2-time Olympic gold medalist, but she is not your typical Olympian. She didn’t grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics. In fact, she didn’t start taking sport seriously and lifting weights until she was 27 years old, when she was suddenly faced with the challenge of learning a new sport and competing in the Olympics five months later. According to Heather, “This alone demonstrates the fact that no one was ‘born’ to do anything. It is our choices that determine the direction and story of our lives! “
Heather lives by her personal motto, “Believe in the possibilities”, and inspires audiences with her life stories and her life philosophies. From the small Prince Edward Island town of Summerside to the top of the Olympic podium, Heather has been described as Canada’s best ever all-round female athlete, and has accomplished the unlikely not once, not twice, but multiple times by believing in those very possibilities. She is an engaging speaker who feels that the best part of winning two Olympic gold medals is that they have afforded her a platform from which she can now inspire and empower other people to reach their own potential – her real gold.
Four months after climbing into a bobsleigh for the first time, Heather represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. A fourth place finish by the narrowest of margins felt like ‘unfinished business’ for this fierce competitor. So after taking a year to finish her Masters degree in occupational therapy, she returned to the bobsleigh track. Heather first captured the nation’s attention in 2010 while standing on top of the Olympic podium with Calgary-native Kaillie Humphries. After setting start records all over Europe on the World Cup circuit, the electrifying duo made Canadian history on home soil at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics after bombing down the track to Canada’s first-ever gold medal. Embracing challenges after overcoming some personal challenges against all odds, and returning to bobsleigh only 6 months before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Heather amazed and endeared the world by not giving up on her own journey, and the electrifying duo successfully defended their title as Olympic Champions after a thrilling come-from-behind victory – a feat accomplished only twice before in Canada.
Heather has also represented Canada on the National Senior Women’s Rugby team in 22 international rugby games and 5 international rugby sevens tournaments, including the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Heather was the leading try-scorer in both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups, and was selected as one of only two females in the world to be International Rugby Anti-Doping Ambassadors. In November 2016, Heather was inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame – the only Canadian female and only second Canadian to receive that honour, joining the likes of Johnny Wilkinson and Nelson Mandela.
But that is not all. Because of a serious ankle injury, Heather decided to take up track cycling as part of her rehabilitation program. After clipping into pedals for the first time in June 2011 and riding on a track for the first time in September 2011, she earned a spot to represent Canada in the 2012 Pan-American Cycling Championships in Argentina, making track cycling her third national sport for Canada.
Heather is passionate about inspiring and motivating people to see their situations with a different perspective – what she believes to be the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving success. She addresses goal-setting, and empowers her audiences to embrace challenges, step outside their comfort zones, and discover their true potential. Instead of doing this for one person at a time as an occupational therapist, Heather now does this for rooms full of people through her speaking and presentations, and has already motivated thousands of people around the world. She truly believes that “we are all capable of WAY more than we give ourselves credit for”, and her desire to see each person in the room reach their goals and maximize their potential has a lasting impact.
Caring for the Community
Heather has a strong connection to the community, and is involved in many charitable organizations, including Right To Play, Camp Triumph, the Boys and Girls Club, and Special Olympics. Demonstrating an innate desire to help those less fortunate, in the summer of 1998 Heather was the Program Director for a summer camp for people of varying disabilities. In 2001, she began a nine-month internship in Trinidad and Tobago as a Disability Sport Program Officer, but ended up staying in Trinidad for an additional two years, adding contracts with the local Rugby Union to develop and coach women’s rugby, and with the local chapter of Disabled People’s International as a consultant. Because of her passion and outstanding involvement in community, among other honours, Heather has most recently received the inaugural Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and the Order of PEI – the highest honour to be bestowed in any province in Canada.
- 2006 – 4th, 2010 – Gold Medalist, 2014 – Gold Medalist
- Push-Start Records on almost every track around the world
- World Cup Medals: 12
- World Championship Medals: 2
- Canadian Championships: 2x National Champion
Rugby Sevens World Cup:
Int’l 15’s Games Played: 22
Int’l 7’s Tournaments Played: 4
- The Order of PEI (2014)
- Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award (2014)
- Queen’s Jubilee Medal (2012) University of Waterloo Young Alumni Award, ON (2010)
- Mayor’s Medal of Honour, City of Summerside, PEI (2010)
- Key to the City, Summerside, PEI (2010)
- Bill Halfpenny Award, PEI (2006, 2010, 2013)
- Lieutenant Governor’s Award, PEI (2006, 2010, 2013, 2014)
- PEI Senior Female Athlete of the Year (2005, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014)
- Ontario Senior Female Athlete of the Year(2010)