CHARLOTTETOWN – P.E.I.’s best female athletes will be recognized on Friday night, when Sport P.E.I. hosts its 40th anniversary awards banquet at the Rodd Royalty.
Three outstanding athletes who have gained both national and international honours have been named as finalists for senior female athlete of the year: Emily Cameron (rowing), Veronica Keefe (wrestling) and Heather Moyse (rugby and bobsleigh).
Tickets for the banquet have all now been accounted for, but anyone requiring more information is asked to call Nick Murray at Sport P.E.I., at 368-4547.
Although she has only been rowing for seven years, Summerside’s Emily Cameron is one of the very best in the country, and this was shown in 2013. She was part of the Canadian quadruple sculls team that won silver at the world championships in South Korea.
It was a wonderful moment for Cameron, who has been part of the national program since 2010, having recently made the switch from the two-person boat to the fours.
The team was also fifth at the World Cup event in Sydney, Australia, and Cameron has her sights set on a berth at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where she hopes to follow in the footsteps of another Summerside Olympian!
Winsloe’s Veronica Keefe also has big ambitions, and she secured two international wrestling medals in 2013, winning at the Francophone Games in Nice, and the Commonwealth championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It was a wonderful year for Keefe, who also secured wins at Brock, Western, Concordia (winning in two different weight classes) and McMaster on the varsity circuit, as well as a gold medal at the Canada Cup.
At the Canadian championships, Keefe won a bronze medal, and she is well placed for even more success in a very competitive 72-kilogram division. To round off her great season, she recently took home Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) gold with Concordia University.
Gold, of course, is the favourite colour of Summerside’s Heather Moyse, whose story in the past 12 months has been remarkable.
Recovering from ankle injuries and hip surgery, Moyse competed for Canada at the Rugby 7s World Cup, and the team won silver before once again turning to bobsleigh, where reunited with Kaillie Humphries the pair won the World Cup title.
It was like Moyse had never been away. With her fast pushes and the outstanding driving of Humphries, they won three races before turning their sights to Sochi, where of course, every Islander is familiar with the story. . . in second place after three runs, Moyse and Humphries stormed back in the final round to take the gold medal.
Given the ultimate honour of carrying the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony, and honoured by her hometown and province on her return, it truly was a remarkable year for Moyse.