Olympian Heather Moyse and former soccer Axewomen standout Cindy (Montgomerie) Tye will be the headline speakers for the Women in Sport celebration planned at Acadia in October.
Moyse is not an Acadia graduate, but has plenty of Acadia connections. Her sister, Heidi, and brother, Walter, both attended Acadia and played varsity basketball for the Axewomen and Axemen, respectively.
Four months after climbing into a bobsleigh for the first time, the Summerside, P.E.I. native represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, where she finished fourth and pledged to work hard to ‘finish the job’.
After taking a year off to complete her Masters degree in occupational therapy, she returned to the bobsleigh track. She and bobsleigh partner Callie Humphries reached the top of the Olympic podium at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, capturing Canada’s first-ever gold in women’s bobsleigh.
She also represented Canada on the national senior women’s rugby team, seeing action in 22 international rugby games and at four international rugby sevens tournaments. She was the leading try-scorer at both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups and was one of only two females selected as an international rugby anti-doping ambassador.
As part of her rehab from an ankle injury sustained playing rugby, Moyse decided to try track cycling. She represented Canada at the Pan-American Cycling Championships in March 2012 to compete at the national level in a third sport.
In 2012, Moyse was approached by both the national rugby and bobsleigh federations about returning to active competition in both sports. Despite undergoing invasive hip surgery in November 2012, she not only returned to both sports, but also became faster than before. She and Humphries teamed up for another gold medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, claiming a come-from-behind victory on their final run.
Tye, meanwhile, graduated from Acadia with a Kinesiology degree in 1995 after splaying five years of varsity soccer at Acadia. She was the conference rookie of the year and part of the 1990 national championship Axewomen team.
Tye was chosen Acadia’s female athlete of the year in both 1994 and 1995; AUS player of the year in 1995; and an All-Canadian in both 1994 and 1995.
She went on to play for the women’s national team in 2001 and 2002.
She also played senior club soccer at the highest level, helping her teams win 12 provincial championships and six national medals. She won national gold in 1995 with a team from Edmonton.
Since her retirement from competing, she has turned to coaching, teaching, developing and promoting soccer. She served as head coach of the 2013 Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s soccer team.
Tye was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, in the athlete category, in 2010 and was inducted into the Acadia Sport Hall of Fame in 2011.
Her Acadia Sport Hall of Fame citation described her as “one of the finest female soccer players ever to play for Acadia, and a credit to the sport she loves.”