Norwich ace Amy Conroy aims to right Paralympics wrongs in Brazil
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The British Paralympic Association (BPA) have announced the 12 athletes who will compete on the women's wheelchair basketball team at Rio 2016, including Norwich's Amy Conroy.
The line-up includes stalwarts of the team Clare Griffiths (nee Strange), who has competed at every Games since Sydney 2000 and Helen Freeman, who played wheelchair basketball on an athletic scholarship in the USA before returning to join the team's centralised training programme at the University of Worcester to make her third Games appearance. London 2012 competitors Jude Hamer, Conroy and Laurie Williams also return to the fold for Brazil's showcase in September.
'I am really proud to represent Great Britain for another Paralympic Games,' said Conroy.
'I always get excited butterflies when I put on the Paralympics GB jersey. I really believe that right now our squad is the strongest it has ever been and that we have the potential to medal as long as we play how I know we can.
'I have taken a gap year from university to move to Worcester where I can train with the centralised programme there, so I've really thrown everything I have at this year in preparation for Rio.
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'I have done one Paralympic Games at London 2012 which was incredible but heartbreaking – I felt I'd let people down who supported me when we finished seventh – so that's why I've decided to fully invest this time, which adds pressure. But in sport you have to go for it. And this time we mean business.'
The women's wheelchair basketball team has had a run of successful results recently, including a fifth place finish at the World Championships in 2014 – their highest-ever position.
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