Forrest and Westlake will carry the Canadian flag at the opening of the Paralympic Games

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The duo are two of Canada’s most decorated Winter Paralympians.

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Wheelchair curler Ina Forrest and hockey player Greg Westlake will carry the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing on Friday.

This is the first time that the duties of Paralympic flag bearer will be shared by two Canadian athletes.

Westlake and Forrest are two of Canada’s most decorated winter Paralympians.

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Forrest, a 59-year-old from Spallumcheen, British Columbia, won gold at the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Games, as well as bronze four years ago in Pyeongchang. She also has three world titles.

Westlake, 35, of Oakville, Ont., is competing at his fifth Paralympic Games and can’t wait to see Canada reclaim the top spot on the podium after losing the gold medal game to the United States in 2018 .

Westlake won gold in 2006 and bronze in 2014.

Greg Westlake (#12) celebrates a Team Canada goal against the United States in the final game of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Greg Westlake (#12) celebrates a Team Canada goal against the United States in the final game of the 2011 World Sledge Hockey Challenge at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary. Photo by STUART DRYDEN /Postmedia

The Paralympic Games open on Friday and run until March 13.

Nordic skiing star Brian McKeever, a 17-time Paralympic medallist, was Canada’s flag bearer at the opening ceremonies four years ago in South Korea. Para-judo athlete Priscilla Gagné wore the maple leaf during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Summer Paralympic Games in August.

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