Team KidSport

At some point, even our most elite athletes were just kids in their community or school sports programs, playing their hearts out for the love of the game. Even after competing for top sport honours at a very high level, these athletes have not forgotten their roots. They recognize the impact participation in sport at a young age had on who they are today—not only as elite athletes, but also as people. That is why the athletes featured here have joined our KidSport team of ambassadors: to help ensure this next generation of Nova Scotia athletes has the same opportunities to discover the power of sport.

Photography by Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Jamey Jewells

Jamey Jewells was first introduced to wheelchair basketball by an occupational therapist (Cher Smith) in 2007. A competitive and determined athlete, she took to the sport and her passion for the game continues to flourish to this day. Jewells loves the fast-paced, aggressive, and hard-hitting style of play of wheelchair basketball. A strong team player, she works hard both on and off the court to develop her skills and her reputation as a threat on both sides of the ball.

Earlier in her career, she split playing time between both the Nova Scotia Flying Wheels and Nova Scotia’s Provincial Junior Team, and she helped lead her ... Read More

Photography by Balint Vekassy (ICF)

Ben Russell

Ben Russell has been involved with canoeing his whole life.  The youngest brother of four boys, all of whom paddled, Ben grew up spending his summers at Lake Banook, Dartmouth, where he still trains and competes today. 

From a young age Ben has always had a passion for sport, playing soccer, running cross country, playing high school basketball, and of course paddling.  In 2004 Ben joined the Canadian Canoe Kayak national team, and has been a member ever since. When asked where he draws his inspiration Ben points to former training partner 2004 Olympian Richard Dalton and of course, 2008 Beijing Olympian and older brother ... Read More

Photography by Ingrid Bulmer, Chronicle Herald

Pamela LeJean

Pam has had a relatively short career for an athlete competing at such a high echelon of sport. Though she's only been on the track and field scene for three years, she's been on the Canadian Senior National Team for 95% of it and counting. After training first in swimming, then in wheelchair basketball, old injuries persisted, forcing her again to switch sports, landing her in track and field. 

Her strength coach for basketball noticed her long wingspan and suggested they take an indoor discus into the gymnasium and give it a hook to see how it felt. He coached her a bit, being involved in track and field himself and after ... Read More

Photography by Hockey Canada

Jill Saulnier

Jill Saulnier, is a Halifax native who recently wrapped up her final season with the Cornell University Big Red (ECAC) Women’s hockey team where she also graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree. She is a veteran of the Hockey Nova Scotia High Performance Program, having represented Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Challenge Cup on many occasions. She is also a veteran of Hockey Canada's Program of Excellence.

In March 2015, Jill Saulnier became the first Nova Scotian to ever be named to Canada's national women's World Championship roster. At Worlds, she helped lead her team to a 2-1 record during the round robin and ... Read More

Emma Taylor

Emma Taylor, 23, is a Scotsburn, Pictou County native who graduated in May 2015 from St. FX University. During her 5 years at St. FX, Emma won 5 AUS conference titles as well as 3 National Championships. She capped off her 5th year with a final AUS title, where she was named AUS MVP and AUS Tournament MVP. St. FX continued on to Guelph, Ontario, where they won a national title, where she was also named CIS Tournament MVP and CIS All-Canadian for the second year in a row. Emma graduated from St. FX with a Business Degree and was named the 2015 St. FX Female Athlete of the Year. From there, Emma was nominated with 3 other female ... Read More

Nevell Provo

Personal: Nevell Taijuan Provo was born in North Preston, Nova Scotia, where his family still lives. He was a member of the National Honor Society from 2011-2013 and earned First Degree Honors at Pine Ridge where he had a 4.0 grade-point average. Nevell has earned many academic awards such as the Ronny Bathia Award, the Academic Ambassador Award and the Silver Fox Invitational Academic Award. Nevell has nine siblings and grew up playing hockey where he progressed to the AAA level.

Athletic: Nevell is a graduate of Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering, Ontario. He attended Pine Ridge for his junior and senior years ... Read More

Matt Holton

Matt grew up in England before moving to Canada in 2007 to attend Acadia University. As a kid Matt played both soccer and rugby at a high level, being involved in several professional soccer club youth academies and playing in rugby 7’s National Final. At Acadia Matt played for the Axemen for 3 years, captaining the team in the final two. After graduating in 2010, Matt moved to Halifax and began his coaching career with Halifax City Soccer Club as a volunteer, before being hired as a technical staff member, and eventually becoming the Technical Director for the Club. 

In his time with Halifax City Matt was the Head Coach of ... Read More

Eric Gillis

Erin Gillis grew up in Antigonish, NS and later attended St Francis Xavier University in his home town. It was during this time that Eric’s running developed significantly, making University & World XC Championship teams, along with claiming a CIS XC individual title his final year. It was also during this time that Eric started training, during summer breaks, with the Speed River TFC in Guelph ON. After graduating in 2006 from teachers college at StFX, Eric and his now wife, Emily, made the decision to move to Guelph. Ontario.

 In July, 2017 Eric accepted a position as assistant cross-country running coach with St. ... Read More