It’s likely, but not certain, Canadian Curling Hall of Fame member Colleen Jones will take a second straight year off from competitive curling.
While Halifax’s Jones continues to practise, the two-time world women’s champion and six-time Canadian women’s champion said this week she doesn’t expect to play regularly this season, if at all.
Several rinks have already begun their league schedule with the first local cashspiel later this month.
Jones sat out last season other than to sub for skip Kelly Scott of B.C. at a Grand Slam of Curling event in New Glasgow. She spent most of last year in Ontario with her son, Luke, while he advanced his tennis skills.
Her son is also a budding curler and is chasing a spot on Nova Scotia’s Canada Games team in 2011. Jones is helping with his development on the ice.
“Probably not this season,” she said of her own playing ambitions. “I’ve just been helping Luke and I’ve been out throwing with him.”
She hasn’t closed the door on a return this season and has had some preliminary discussions about joining a five-player team, but is unsure she wants to be a part-time player. She has never contemplated retirement from the sport, where she has amassed 25 Nova Scotia championships at various levels.
“I still have the bug, but there’s lots more other stuff to do that I’m kind of enjoying as well,” she said.
Jones turns 50 before the end of the year and could compete at the senior level for the first time.
She hasn’t curled with a Nova Scotia women’s team since 2006-07 as the mate for Kay Zinck. She came back the following year to skip a coast-to-coast team with Georgina Wheatcroft, Kate Hamer and Darah Provencal in a bid to make the Canadian trials for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but had little success.
Her world championship team of Kim Kelly, Mary-Anne Arsenault and Nancy Delahunt, which combined for five Canadian titles in a span of six years, broke up at the end of the 2005-06 season with the other three members teaming up to win one more provincial title before Kelly and Delahunt retired. Arsenault still skips her own team.