Ina Forrest earned a third career Paralympic Winter Games medal in 2018 as Canada won the bronze in wheelchair curling. She played vice-skip for Canada at the 2017 World Wheelchair Curling Championships in PyeongChang, South Korea in March 2017, as Canada took fifth spot at the tournament. The Canadians advanced to the tie-breaker against eventual champion Norway for a berth in the semifinals, but lost the game 5-4. Still the result was a two-spot improvement on its showing at the 2016 Worlds.
Their fifth place at the 2017 World Championships earned Canada a berth at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. Canada had won three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in wheelchair curling: 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Forrest played vice-skip on Team Canada’s wheelchair curling team that won gold at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. It was her second consecutive Paralympic crown after a triumphant debut at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games.
Forrest, one of the world’s most decorated wheelchair curlers, was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame at a banquet during Brier week in Ottawa in February 2016.
Forrest has been curling since 2004. 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 2010.
She has competed at nine straight world wheelchair curling championships.
A member of the Vernon Curling club, Forrest thinks she is well suited as third because she likes to throw hits. Forrest 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 years on the national team, you would expect it to lessen, but it never does.”