Even though she is a successful lawyer, Jennifer Jones admits her entire existence has been defined by sports.
Almost from the moment she could walk, Jones was involved in athletics, including track and field, basketball, baseball and volleyball.
Eventually she gravitated to curling, where she made her greatest mark, winning a national junior title as a teenager and last year capturing the Canadian women's championship.
"It has probably impacted my life the most," Jones said yesterday. "Sport has given me so much ... knowing how to work hard toward something, knowing how to appreciate what you have. Whether you win or lose, the experience that I've had has changed my life."
Jones embodies the essence of how sports can define an individual, and, as such, she has been chosen as one of two athlete ambassadors for the upcoming Sport Expo 2006 at MTS Centre.
She relishes the opportunity to be involved in a venture put together by KidSport, because it gives her a chance to give back to a community that has shown her immense support over the years.
"I'm just thrilled with the opportunities that I've had, and hopefully this Sport Expo and KidSport will allow other kids to experience what sport can mean to their lives," Jones said.
Also named as an athlete ambassador was Manitoba Moose captain and Winnipeg native Mike Keane, who played more than 1,000 NHL games over 16 seasons and won three Stanley Cups.
"Having grown up in Winnipeg and involved in sports my whole life, I realize the importance of a program like KidSport, which gives all kids the opportunity to be active and enjoy the camaraderie created by a team," Keane said.
Sport Expo, which takes place March 19 from noon to 4 p.m., will feature 40 interactive sports displays, a used-equipment garage sale and a rainbow auction to raise money for KidSport.