11/17/2011 By Mark
Olympic bobsled champion, member of Canada’s national rugby team, occupational therapist, Right To Play ambassador, aspiring track cyclist – multi-talented might be an understatement when used to describe Heather Moyse.
A huge thank you to Heather for her time!
Do you have any mentors or other athletes that you admire?
Heather Moyse: Growing up, being 3 years younger than my sister, I just always wanted to keep up with her and try to fill her shoes when it was my turn to make certain teams. Each member of my family continues to be my primary role models – excelling in what they love to do, while maintaining a positive perspective and keeping their core values as priorities. I DO admire many other athletes, however. Terry Fox, for example, is an inspiration that reflects what you can do if you really put your mind to it and have the right perspective. I would have to say that my strength and conditioning coach, Matt Nichol, who has become a great friend of mine, is my biggest mentor (whether he realizes it or not)! He has been the perfect trainer for me, and has taught me SO much over the last few years. I continue to learn things from him all the time – often when he doesn’t realize he’s teaching!
SUMMERSIDE – Heather Moyse is back on track after an injury that set back her attempt at making Canada's cycling team.
The Summerside native, who captured bobsled gold in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, decided earlier this year to turn her attention to yet another new sport.
But a recent fall from the bike on the cycling track left her with a nasty burn on her right arm.
Far worse, however, was a tear in the fascia covering the quadriceps muscles in her left leg that required a month of rehab.
"Right now, it's so much better. It doesn't hurt me at all to train on the bike," Moyse said from Toronto.
"Because I took a month off for rehab and trying to recover, I haven't been lifting (weights) yet. But the cycling's going really well. It's the first two days back on the track, so we're pretty rusty."
The torn fascia, which she describes like a plastic wrap that covers the muscle, has now partially closed over, allowing Moyse to cycle pain-free.
She's been back on the bike for just over two weeks now, training in hopes of competing in a World Cup race in the near future.
The first World Cup event of the season was held last month in Astana, Kazakhstan, while the second will take place in early December in Colombia, South America.
But unlike the Canadian bobsled team, which normally goes with a steady roster of athletes for World Cup events, track cycling coaches must submit their rosters six weeks in advance of a race.