Four months after climbing into a bobsleigh for the first time, Heather represented Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy, losing-out on a medal by only the narrowest of margins and taking fourth place. After spending a year to finish her Master’s degree in occupational therapy, Heather returned to the bobsleigh track and, along with Kallie Humphries, bombed down the track to take Canada’s first gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010.
In 2012, Heather underwent invasive hip surgery. After the operation, not only did she return to bobsleigh, but she amazed the world by overcoming the injury to become the fastest she had ever been. Heather and Kaillie teamed up again at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games and took a thrilling come-from-behind victory on their final run, which earned them the honour of carrying Canada’s flag at the Closing Ceremonies.
Heather also represented Canada on the National Senior Women’s Rugby team in 22 international rugby games, and in four international rugby sevens tournaments. She was also the leading try-scorer in both the 2006 and 2010 Women’s Rugby World Cups, and was selected as one of only two females in the world to be International Rugby Anti-Doping Ambassadors.
Trying track cycling as part of her rehabilitation to heal an ankle injury, Heather clipped into pedals for the first time in 2011, earning a spot to represent Canada in the Pan-American Cycling Championships in Argentina in 2012, and making track cycling her third national sport for Canada.
Living her personal beliefs and philosophies, in 2015 Heather joined Hope Sports to help build a house in Mexico for a family in need, and has recently returned from summiting the highest mountain in Antarctica-one of the most physically challenging thing she has ever done-to raise awareness for PTSD, and raise money to help our Canadian soldiers successfully transition back to civilian life after finishing their time in the Armed Forces.
Heather was a Member-at-Large for the Commonwealth Game Canada; is an Athlete Ambassador for Right to Play; was named one of 37 Athlete Role Models from around the world for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games; and is actively involved with Camp Triumph on PEI, a unique residential camp for children who have family members with chronic illness or disability. Because of her passion and outstanding involvement in community, Heather has most recently received the inaugural Randy Starkman Olympian Humanitarian Award; the Queen’s Jubilee Medal; and the Order of PEI - the highest honour to be bestowed in any province in Canada.