Ina Forrest, wheelchair curling

Ina Forrest was on Team Canada's gold medal wheelchair curling rink in 2010. (Courtesy Canadian Paralympic Committee)

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Ina Forrest was born in Fort St. John, B.C., and has been curling since 2004 and in 2006 she was named to the Canadian Wheelchair Curling Team that finished fourth at both the 2007 and 2008 World Wheelchair Curling Championships. In 2009 she and her team won the World Wheelchair Curling Championships and Forrest secured a place for herself for the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver where she went on to win the gold medal.

A member of the Vernon Curling club, Forrest thinks she is well suited as Second because she likes to throw hits. Ina believes, “curling requires a very steady mental focus and the perfect touch for delivering just the right weight for shots. The time commitment is the most difficult part of being an elite athlete. You want to be the best you can be which requires dedication to practice, fitness and competitions, but fitting everything in with all the other priorities in life gets difficult.”

Forrest recalls, “I will always remember when I received my first Team Canada jacket and the pride I felt to be representing Canada. Wearing the maple leaf and hearing the Canadian national anthem in competition is so much more emotionally charged than I ever anticipated. It is a swelling in your chest that threatens to bring on tears. After seven years on the national team you would expect it to lessen but it never does.”