DIGBY – The most decorated skip in the history of ladies’ curling has won a spot at the Canadian Senior Curling Championships in Digby.
Colleen Jones won her second straight Nova Scotia provincial senior women’s championship Feb. 9 at the Highland Curling Club near Antigonish. She defeated the Truro rink of Colleen Pinkney 7-6 in the final.
Jones is skip of the Mayflower rink, Kim Kelly is third, Mary Sue Radford plays second and lead is Nancy Delahunt.
Jones’ Mayflower rink will be the “home team” when Digby hosts the top 50-and-over curlers in the country, at the Digby Area Recreation Centre, March 28 to April 2.
“We are delighted,” said Bob Powell, manager of the Digby Area Recreation Commission, hosts of the 2016 senior national championships. “Colleen Jones has more titles than any other woman in the sport, she’s a great curler and a great ambassador for curling.”
Jones also competed in Digby in 2011, the last time the Canadian Senior Curling Championships were here.
“She visited the elementary school and talked to the children and she was wonderful,” said Powell. “We’re not certain but we’re hoping we can arrange that again this time.”
Jones has won two women's world championship as skip and six Tournament of Hearts Canadian women's championships.
She played with Kelly and Delahunt for five of those Canadian championships
No one else has ever won four Canadian titles in a row and let alone 138 wins as a skip at the national championships.
Jennifer Jones, who will also be in Digby in April for the Randy Ferbey senior curling pro-am, is the only other curler with more than 100 wins at the Tournament of Hearts.
Colleen Jones has yet to win a Canadian Seniors title and lost last year in the final in Edmonton.
Powell says Pinkney’s rink would have made a great “home team” as well – she has won the Canadian Senior Women’s twice, in 2009 and 2013, and the World Senior Women’s in 2010.
In 2014 she fought her way to a silver at Worlds.
The men’s “home team” will be Alan O’Leary’s Dartmouth rink of Andrew Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy.
O’Leary won the 2014 national senior men's champion and finished second at the 2015 world senior’s.