In every sport there is one name that stands above all others. In curling, there can be none other than Colleen Jones. When the sport was still developing, Colleen was pioneering the kind of play and dedication that would propel the sport forward. Read more...
In every sport there is one name that stands above all others. In curling, there can be none other than Colleen Jones. When the sport was still developing, Colleen was pioneering the kind of play and dedication that would propel the sport forward. She was only nineteen years old when she won her first provincial championship, and she became the youngest skip, at age twenty-two, ever to win the Canadian women's curling championship: the Tournament of Hearts. She went on to win it a total of six times, with an unprecedented four in a row in the early 2000s. With her two world championships in the same timeframe, no other competitor has matched her record.
In "Throwing Rocks at Houses," Colleen Jones discusses her start in curling and her remarkable career--from the pure joy of the game for a large family in Halifax to outworking her competition through will and resilience. But as a successful broadcaster with the CBC, and mother of two, Colleen has strived for success in all parts of life and has insight and stories to share on building a healthy work-life balance. And health is very important: after a serious illness that nearly brought about the worst, Colleen has a renewed love of life and a powerful message about achieving meaningful, personal success.
" Throwing Rocks at Houses" is a candid, charming and thoughtful story about learning to value what matters most in life. Colleen Jones shares her unique perspective and reassures us that even the hardest working person can learn to breathe a little lighter.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-12-14
- Reviewer: Staff
The remarkable curling career of Jones mirrors the game's increase in popularity. As readers learn about her drive and determination to be a winner, and her journey from humble beginnings in a large Nova Scotia family to becoming a Canadian and world champion, the sport grows tootelevision enters the picture; the rules change; sponsors add money to the equation; training, both mentally and physically, evolves. Jones went 17 years between Canadian titles, and she draws a parallel to hockey great Gordie Howe, wondering whether "longevity like ours required an intensity that was not easy to let go of." Her bright personality comes through in the writing, as it has for years on the CBC, where she has been a radio and TV journalist and, most memorably, a weather reporter calling in live from various hot spots. Fortunately, the book doesn't get bogged down in techniques and strategies (that was her 2007 book, Curling Secrets). Non-curlers can still enjoy the personal triumphs of her story: in curling, in her media days, and especially in overcoming near-fatal bacterial meningitis. Those who follow the sport will enjoy the behind-the-scenes tales from the Scott Tournament of Hearts and the world championships, and appreciate the lessons Jones learned along the way. Agent: Brian J. Wood. (Nov.)