North Okanagan's Ina Forrest named to national 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship team

Ina going for the gold

Ina Forrest will once again be going for gold.

The decorated North Okanagan wheelchair curler has been named by Curling Canada to the national 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship team.

Forrest was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 2016.

Since taking up wheelchair curling in 2004, Forrest has won three World Wheelchair Curling Championship gold medals in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and two Winter Paralympics Games gold medals at Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi, Russia in 2014.

She also brought home a silver medal at the world curling championships in 2020.

And she will be teamed up with the same five members who won that silver medal for a trip to Beijing Oct. 23-30 in hopes of setting the stage for their pursuit of a return to the Paralympic podium in 2022.

Forrest, Mark Ideson (London, Ont.), Collinda Joseph (Stittsville, Ont.), Dennis Thiessen (Winnipeg) and Jon Thurston (Dunsford, Ont.) enter the event riding a wave of momentum after achieving a world championship podium finish for the first time for Canada in five years.

The silver-medal result was a significant accomplishment considering Canada had to qualify for the 2020 World Wheelchair Curling Championship through the World Wheelchair Curling B-event.

Mick Lizmore will lead the accomplished coaching and support team.

“Throughout the order, this group of incredible Canadian athletes has a proven track record of battling through adversity and working together to achieve goals. That will go a long way for the team this season as we prepare to take on a Paralympic year,” said Lizmore.

Gerry Peckham, Curling Canada’s Director of High Performance.

The team has a foundation of experience, including two Canadian Curling Hall of Fame inductees in Forrest and Thiessen.

The 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship is a test event for the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship is the final opportunity for countries to earn Paralympic qualifying points. Countries earned a running tally of points over the three world wheelchair curling championships leading up to the Paralympics. After this event, the 11 teams with the most points will earn a spot at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

Team Canada’s progress can be followed online through Curling Canada or the World Curling Federation.

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