By Emily Tait
A gold medal winner at the Vancouver Winter Olympics has been congratulated by Operation Eye Sight Universal.
Heather Moyse, a bobsledder from Canada who won gold recently at the Whistler Sliding Centre, is an ambassador for Operation Eyesight, which helps to overcome preventable blindness.
"Being an Olympian is important because it opens up these opportunities to give a little more weight to my name or my voice behind what I want to change in the world," she commented.
Moyse added that she has a passion for helping those who are disadvantaged.
Operation Eyesight, a Canadian international development organisation, has been dedicated to preventing and treating blindness across the globe for more than 45 years.
It recently emerged that harsh conditions had made it difficult for athletes to see clearly, with Swedish skier Patrik Jaerbyn who, after finishing in 29th in the men"s downhill, told the Times that he had found it very hard to see.
by Emily Tait