Summerside to honour Moyse during event Friday

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SUMMERSIDE — It will be a gold medal celebration for Summerside’s sweetheart.

Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse celebrate a gold-medal win at the Sochi Olympics.

The public is invited to Credit Union Place on Friday to honour two-time Olympic gold medal winner Heather Moyse as she makes a brief visit to her hometown just a little over a week after her win in the two-men bobsled event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

The logistics of the celebration, which begins at 6 p.m., are still being worked out, said Lorri Laughlin, the city’s communications director.

Officials with the city only learned late Monday that Moyse would be returning to the Island, arriving Wednesday for a short stay.

“It is really inspiring for people. It is really important, too, for the children of our community to see that someone that comes from Summerside and a small province can dream big and achieve big,” Laughlin said of why the city felt it was important to honour Moyse.

Laughlin said members of council, area MLAs and MPs, along with other dignitaries would be in attendance, making their way into the Eastlink Arena before Moyse and her family are brought in.

She noted that Mayor Basil Stewart, who is currently vacationing out of country and wasn’t scheduled to be back until late Saturday, is making arrangements to be back in the city for the celebration.

Laughlin said the event is going to follow the same format as the one held by the city following Moyse’s gold-medal win at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

More than 3,000 Islanders were in attendance at that event to congratulate Moyse on her first gold-medal win.

Following speeches by city officials, Moyse will address the crowd, which Laughlin expects to be in the thousands. The 35-year-old Summerside native will then sign autographs, meet, chat and take photos with fans and supporters.

There will be live entertainment on site.

The P.E.I. Potato Board will also be on site with 25,000 pounds of potatoes, handing out 10-pound bags, free, to those in attendance. Moyse is the board’s brand ambassador.

Laughlin said the celebration would also be televised.

In 2010, Moyse was awarded a key to the city during the public celebration.

Laughlin said city officials are working on a way to recognize the Olympian during Friday’s event.

She added further updates and details would be available Wednesday.

 

Organizations: Credit Union Place, P.E.I. Potato Board

Geographic location: Summerside, Sochi, Russia Iceland Vancouver

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