FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Former Fort St. John resident Ina Forrest has been chosen, for the third straight year, to represent Canada at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships.

The team was announced on Tuesday and will have Forrest join her teammates that finished second last year in Switzerland. Russia beat Canada by a score of 5-4 to take the 2020 World Wheelchair Curling Championship Gold.

This year, the championships are being held from October 23rd to 30th in Beijing, where the team looks to improve on their best-ever result.

Three-time world champion and two-time Paralympic champion Ina Forrest will be joined by Mark Ideson, Collinda Joseph, Dennis Thiessen, and Jon Thurston.

Head coach Mick Lizmore, in his first competition as head coach, says the team knows how to rise to the challenge.

“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,” says Lizmore.

The 2021 World Wheelchair Curling Championship is the last chance for countries to earn Paralympic qualifying points. Over the last three world championships, countries have earned a number of points, and the top 11 teams will earn a spot in the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.

Since the games are being hosted by China, the host will have an automatic entry in the wheelchair curling event.

Canada has earned 15 points over the past two seasons, good enough to put the team in sixth place.

Team Canada brings a wealth of experience to the event with two Canadian Curling Hall of Fame members in Forrest and Thiessen.