Port Coquitlam Olympian competing for charity on Family Feud Canada
The Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist is hoping to win money with her all-Olympian squad for a women’s shelter in Ontario on the January 2022 celebrity episode.
Jenn Salling has returned to the national stage — and she may be playing for fast money.
In the new year, Tri-City residents will get to see if the Port Coquitlam softball champion guessed what that survey said as she was selected to participate in a celebrity-charity episode of Family Feud Canada.
The recording has already taken place. Salling’s time on the game show will air on Jan. 6, 2022, on CBC and CBC Gem.
“I am so excited to share with you all a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that was an absolute blast,” the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist said in a social media post this week.
Salling explains World-champion hurdler and broadcaster Perdita Felicien reached out to her asking if she’d like to be on her all-Olympian team for Family Feud Canada.
The 34-year-old adds she was excited to be recruited alongside track-and-field athlete Angela Whyte, long-jumper Tabia Charles-Collins and rugby sevens player Pamphinette Buisa.
The five are taking on the Canadian national women’s hockey team, represented by Natalie Spooner, Marie Philip-Poulin, Sarah Nurse, Blayre Turnbull and Laura Stacey.
Salling’s latest endeavour comes off the heels of her promotion to assistant coach of Canada’s women’s softball team.
The two-time Olympian has been with the program since 2006 and hard work paid off when she helped the red and white win a bronze medal this past summer in Japan — Canada’s first softball medal at the games following a 3-2 victory over Mexico.
She was among the program’s youngest players when Canada finished fourth at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing. But after that, the sport was dropped from subsequent Olympics until it was reinstated for Tokyo.
The hiatus didn’t deter Salling. She played in four Pan American Games, earning one gold medal and three silvers, as well as five women’s world championships. She also played professionally for various teams in the United States and Canada and earned a master’s degree in education and intercollegiate athletic leadership at the University of Washington.
Salling’s Family Feud team is competing for the Denise House, a supportive shelter in Ontario for abused women and children “and strives to provide integrated, anti-racist, anti-oppression services to empower the diversity of all women to choose their own future.”
“The Denise House further exists to educate the public at large about issues resulting from abuse, oppression and discrimination of women and their children,” the non-profit’s website explains.
Considered one of the most popular long-running game shows on television, Family Feud asks contestants to guess responses to various surveys of 100 people and earn points to advance to the final round for a chance to win the grand prize.