According to the Canadian Olympic Committee on Friday, Canadian Olympic bobsledders Jesse Lumsden of Edmonton, Alberta and Heather Moyse of Summerside, Prince Edward Island won the 2014 Randy Starkman Award for excellence in sport and community service. Lumsden and Moyse received their honour at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary.
According to Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, Moyse, who won her second consecutive gold medal as a brakewoman in women's bobsled for driver Kaillie Humphries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, has helped develop a leadership camp for deaf children in Trinidad and Tobago, and is very active in Right to Play.
Lumsden, is also very active with the Right to Play Foundation, and has been very active in recent years with cancer awareness and organizing initiatives to assist victims from the 2013 Calgary flood. Through the Right to Play Foundation, Lumsden is currently focusing on assisting Canadian children who are disadvantaged. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Lumsden finished in seventh place in the two-man bobsled competition with Christopher Spring of Calgary.
The Starkman Award, in honour of Toronto Star sports writer Randy Starkman who died at age 51 of pneumonia shortly after the 2012 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials, will be presented once every two years to a male and female Canadian Olympian.
With the award, the athlete will receive a monetary prize of which half will go to a Canadian charity. Moyse's charity is Camp Triumph, which assists children who have a family member with a disability, and Lumsden's charity is Right to Play.