Colleen Jones began curling at the age of 14 and went on to become a dominant force in women’s curling.
At an early age, she gained success in competitive curling and was only 19 years old when she won the first of her 16 Nova Scotia curling titles that led to competing in the Canadian championships.
Jones has appeared in a record 20 Scott Tounament of Hearts, the women’s curling national championship, capturing a record six Canadian Championships including four consecutive titles from 2001-2004, the first skip to accomplish that feat.
She has gone on to win two World Curling Championship titles for Canada in 2001 and 2004 and was runner-up in 2003. Her remarkable career was recognized when she was made a member of the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.
Jones participated at the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon, Manitoba. She helped Team Nova Scotia capture a silver medal, which is tied for the best finish for a Nova Scotia curling team, male or female, in Canada Games history. Both of her sons, Zach and Luke have competed in the Canada Games and she played an important role in the Halifax bid as co-chair helping secure the 2011 Canada Games.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native is not only known for her curling, but is widely recognized for her position as weather presenter and sports reporter for CBC Morning News on CBC News Network. She joined CBC Television as a reporter in 1986 and went on to cover numerous summer and winter Olympic Games. She also provided curling commentary for NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
She continues to be a presence on the national curling scene, including an attempt to return to competitive curling in 2010 before a battle with bacterial meningitis curtailed her plans for a comeback.
Colleen Jones exemplifies the passion and ability that it takes to continue to be top ranked curler after more than 31 years on the pebbled ice. She is a unique athlete that is deserving of enshrinement in the Canada Games Hall of Honour.