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2017 Speaker Series – Heather Moyse: Seeing Opportunities Instead of Obstacles

This morning, Grades 8-12 students and staff welcomed two-time (2010, 2014) Olympic bobsledding gold medalist Heather Moyse to the Main Campus for the 2017 edition of the Mentor/TEAM Speaker Series! Ms. Moyse shared the story of her unlikely road to success. Why was she unlikely to experience success at bobsledding? Heather Moyse only started bobsledding at the age of 27. Heather also represents Canada as a rugby player and track cyclist and has climbed the highest mountain in Antarctica.

Through challenges like major hip surgery and “feeling a little exposed” in a bobsled suit in front of millions of people, Heather showed students that “challenges are actually opportunities…you won’t be the only one facing that challenge but will you be the only one who overcomes it?”

Heather’s parting words to the student body were “there are no guarantees so just focus on the possibilities.” Instead of luck, Ms. Moyse wished our students “courage, creativity, perspective, and perseverance and the belief that we are all capable of more than we think.”

We thank Heather Moyse for her highly motivational talk and for taking time afterwards to pose for pictures with our students!