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PHOTOS: Jennifer Jones' talk gives inspiration at 2019 UNBC Legacy Breakfast

Jones has been named the best skip in Canada history
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If you've watched Jennifer Jones for a while now, you probably remember where you were when she hit "the shot" back in 2005. 

But today during the UNBC Legacy Breakfast, Jones had a message: how to balance life, work, sport, and your dreams. 

"It's okay to be nervous," she says. "It's about how you deal with that nervousness. The last thing I tell myself before any big shot is 'well, here goes nothing.' because at the end of the day, what else can we ask of ourselves in life and these big moments, we can only ask ourselves to do our very best." 

Jones was the skip of the Canadian gold medal team at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. The only other Canadian skip to accomplish the feat was Kevin Martin during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada. 

She also owns a list a mile long of medals including: 

  • 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Sochi - Gold
  • 2008 World Championships, Vernon - Gold
  • 2010 World Championships, Swift Current - Bronze
  • 2015 World Championships, Sapporo - Silver
  • 2018 World Championships, North Bay - Gold
  • 2013 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, Winnipeg - Gold
  • 2017 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials, Ottawa - Bronze
  • 2005 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, St. John's - Gold
  • 2006 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, London - Silver
  • 2007 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Lethbridge - Bronze
  • 2008 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Regina - Gold
  • 2009 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Victoria - Gold 
  • 2010 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Sault Ste. Marie - Gold
  • 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Charlottetown - Silver
  • 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Red Deer - Bronze
  • 2013 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Kingston - Bronze
  • 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Moose Jaw - Gold
  • 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Grand Prairie - Bronze
  • 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Penticton - Gold

Jones has also been named the greatest Canadian female skip in history. 

She received 176 points from a panel comprised of curling personalities. Sandra Schmirler came in at number two, with 132 points. Jones has won 9 competitions compared to Schmirler's seven. 

And if you thought curling was her only endeavour, you'll be surprised. Jones is also a mother of two daughters (six-years-old and two-years-old) and a lawyer.

"There's a lot of pressure in today's society," Jones says. "You're a professional, you're a mom trying to balance all of this and you constantly feel like you're failing because you never getting everything done, you feel like you aren't doing as good of a job at work as you want, your kid needs something and you can't be there, trying to go to the gym and stay healthy because that's what you should do. I tell people that I often don't believe balance is the appropriate word because nothing is ever going to be perfectly balanced, but if we can achieve harmony, if we can just achieve satisfaction of being able to enjoy every single moment of life no matter where we are, then we've achieved a harmony and an ability to not feel guilty."

Jones had one final message at the end of her keynote address at UNBC on Wednesday (March 6).

"Enjoy the moment," Jones says. "Enjoy where you live. Enjoy your brothers, sisters and community members. Bring out the best in each other and never let anybody take that away from you because it's something that is so special and second to none and it's going to allow you to live the greatest life to the fullest."

And if you haven't seen "The Shot" and like goosebumps, here you go.



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