February 18, 2016 - 11:00 AM
SPALLUMCHEEN - A revered wheelchair curler from Spallumcheen has received a national honour.
Ina Forrest will be formally inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in March, according to a media release from Curling Canada.
Since taking up wheelchair curling in 2004, Forrest has won three World Wheelchair Curling Championship gold medals and two Winter Paralympics Games gold medals, and been a valued member of Team Canada since 2007.
Forrest says she was surprised to get the call from Curling Canada on her way back home from a training camp before going to the World Championship.
“(My) first thought was I better play well at Worlds to be deserving of this,” Forrest says in the release. “So, I am surprised and delighted to be considered, and also appreciative that I have had amazing teammates. I am but one part of a very collaborative curling effort.”
Forrest will be attending her eighth consecutive World Wheelchair Championship, beginning Feb. 21 in Lucerne, Switzerland. She was an alternate for Team Canada in 2007, and has been in the lineup ever since, winning world gold medals in 2009, 2011 and 2013. She also helped Canada claim Paralympic gold in 2010 at Vancouver and 2014 at Sochi, Russia.
Forrest, along with four others, will be inducted into the hall of fame March 9 during Tim Hortons Brier week in Ottawa.
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