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Armstrong resident earns spot on Canada's national wheelchair curling team

Armstrong's Ina Forrest is no stranger to winning gold. Forrest was on Team Canada when they gold in 2009 in Vancouver and again in 2011 in Prague.
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January 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM

ARMSTRONG – Armstrong's Ina Forrest has made the national wheelchair curling team, again.

Curling Canada announced Team Canada's roster today, Jan. 16, for the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championship, in a media release. The championships, which will be be held from March 4 to March 11, are the test event for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.

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

Skip Jim Armstrong of Cambridge, Ont., vice-skip Forrest of Armstrong, B.C., second Marie Wright of Moose Jaw, Sask., and alternate Ellis Tull of Nanaimo, B.C. will all represent Canada on the team. Coach Wayne Kiel of Balgonie, Sask. will lead the team.

“I really like the looks of our team,” Kiel says in the release. “Jim’s experience speaks for itself, as does that of Mark and Ina, who all played a significant role in winning gold in 2014 at Sochi and have continued to work hard to raise their games. At the same time, Marie and Ellis have taken so many strides as we went through the process of picking our team through the fall and early winter, and I know they’re excited about this opportunity; their enthusiasm is rubbing off on all of us.”

Team Canada has a training session this week in Regina where they will face the current Canadian wheelchair curling champions.

Canada's wheelchair curling team won gold in 2009 in Vancouver and again in 2011 in Prague. Forrest and Armstrong were team members for those victories.

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