Sport PEI Finalists Senior Female
Senior Female Athlete of the Year
Alysha Corrigan – Rugby
Alysha Corrigan had an outstanding 2018 rugby season. She was almost always faster, stronger and more determined than any other player on the pitch. Possibly the most dominant player in the Atlantic region, Alysha is now showing the world what she can do on the International rugby stage.
It all started with Alysha helping team PEI win silver at the Atlantic Canadian Senior Women’s Championship in early July. She was then selected to play with the Nova Scotia Keltics at the National Championships. Starting every game at the inside center position, Alysha was a major contributor that helped carry the team to a National silver medal.
Turning heads at the National Championships, Alysha was then selected to represent Canada in November during the Senior Women’s Fall Tour. During her first International CAP with team Canada Alysha scored a try. The Island looks forward to seeing Alysha Corrigan make more appearances on the international stage.
Veronica Keefe – Wrestling
Wrestler Veronica Keefe followed up a great 2017 season with an impressive 2018 year.
Veronica made history by capturing PEI’s first ever National Senior women’s wrestling title. The last athlete, male or female, from PEI to accomplish such a feat in wrestling was Island Sport Hall of Famer Donald Matheson in 1931.
Veronica’s gold at Nationals qualified her to represent Canada at the Senior Pan Am Wrestling Champions in Peru. She went 3-0 at the international event claiming Canada’s only gold medal. The result vaulted Veronica to a 5th in the world ranking for the 72kg division. This is the highest ranking ever for a PEI wrestler. Veronica also finished 2nd at the Canadian World Team trials to Justine di Stasio who went on to win gold at the 2018 World Championships. Veronica’s future is full of possibilities and it will be exciting to continue to watch her represent our province and nation on the world stage.
Heather Moyse – Bobsleigh
Widely considered one of the greatest female athletes from PEI or Canada, Summerside native Heather Moyse surprise everyone by returning to the international stage with another run at representing Canada in bobsleigh at the 2018 Peonychang Olympics. This time was different, however, as Heather’s new career as a motivational speaker and leader played a major part of her decision to return as a high performance athlete.
Alyssa Rissling, an up and coming Canadian bobsledder, was looking for leadership and hoped Moyse would be her mentor as she strived to compete at the Olympics. With a renewed purpose, Moyse made the decision to compete with Rissling and started training to achieve that goal.
The two-woman team of Moyse and Rissling was one of three teams representing Canada. Moyse helped push the rookie drive to a 6th place finish at her first Olympics and was an outstanding experience for both Moyse and Rissling.
Heather Moyse is truly an exceptional person and athlete helping all of us “Redefine Realistic” by believing in the possibilities.