SUMMERSIDE – Nearly 2,000 people turned out at Credit Union Place Friday night, to honour two-time Olympic champion Heather Moyse.
Moyse was boisterously cheered as she made her way into the Eastlink arena high-fiving fans on her way to the stage.
“We’re delighted and honoured that she is from Summerside and this the Heather Moyse night and event,” Summerside Mayor Basil Stewart said. “We’re so proud of her. She’s such a great ambassador for our city, for the province and the country. We feel that it is important that we host something for the members of the public to meet with her and speak with her and for her to, in turn, meet and speak with her fellow citizens.”
“It’s just a tremendous accomplishment,” the mayor said. “To get two gold medals and to be the best in the world in your sport is just amazing and we’re so happy for her.”
The mayor said Moyse’s success is a benefit to the city.
“It’s great promotion for the city, there’s no question about that but we’re not doing this for the city, we’re doing it for Heather Moyse and the great person that she is and for her accomplishments,” Stewart said. "From from here on in, she will always be the gold medalist from Summerside P.E.I.”
Stewart said the city will honour Moyse by establishing an annual $1,000 scholarship in her name for a Three Oaks Senior High School student along with naming a city street Heather Moyse Drive.
Premier Robert Ghiz described Moyse’s contribution to Prince Edward Island as “legendary.”
“Having a back-to-back Olympic gold medalist I don’t know if it will ever happen again in my lifetime but it’s unbelievable the promotion she does for Prince Edward Island.” the premier said. “You see her in every interview promoting our largest product in the province, P.E.I. potatoes, promoting Summersiide. She’s just a great ambassador for our province.”
Ghiz said in recognition of her achievements she will be awarded the Order of Prince Edward Island. The two-time Olympic champion didn’t disappoint her fans.
Following the 90-minute celebration, Moyse walked through the crowd posing for pictures and stopping handshakes and hugs while making her way to a table to sign autographs.
Hundreds of people, young and old, lined up to get an autograph, a photo or just to meet her. No one was turned away.