(by Allen Cameron)
Jennifer Jones is a former world women’s champion, a four-time Canadian champion and author of the most dramatic walk-off shot in Canadian curling history.
But during this life-altering off-season, the Winnipeg skip, who celebrated her 38th birthday on Saturday, is about to add another, far more meaningful, title to her resume: mother.
Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones watches a shot during her draw against Nova Scotia at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts curling championship in Red Deer, Alberta February 21, 2012.
Jones confirmed on Tuesday that she and her boyfriend Brent Laing, a member of Glenn Howard’s reigning Brier and world championship squad, are expecting their first child in mid-December.
But Jones would have been out of competitive curling until the new year anyways, because in addition to dealing with the early stages of pregnancy, she also had knee surgery in June to repair a torn ligament in her right (pushing) knee.
Timing, as they say, is everything.