Team KidSport Athlete Ambassadors

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, 23, 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 ... 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