Norwich’s Amy Conroy leads Great Britain to the world wheelchair basketball gold in China
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Norwich's Amy Conroy is on top of the world after leading Great Britain's young wheelchair basketballers to gold in China.
The former Notre Dame High School pupil and co-captain proved an irresistible force throughout the World Under-25 Championships in Beijing.
And Conroy rounded off her efforts by leading the scoring in GB's final, 44-35 victory over Australia – clocking 19 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double, before being handed the coveted title of the championship's most valuable player (MVP).
'It feels absolutely amazing to be world champions,' beamed Conroy. 'I'm so proud of everyone. We didn't have the best game in the final but we've worked so hard for it, and all the hours we put in came out in the end.'
GB's women were the only nation to emerge from the pool stage undefeated, with convincing wins over Canada, Australia, hosts China, Japan and Germany – before beating the Canadians in the last four.
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Conroy and her team-mates will now prepare for the senior European Championships, which start at the end of August in Worcester with both the European crown and a place in next summer's Rio Paralympics up for grabs.
Head coach Miles Thompson added: 'The culmination of a lot of hard work has paid off and this group that represents GB did it in the finest way.
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'To win a world championship at under-25 level really represents where our programme is.
'I certainly wouldn't want to play us if I was one of the other senior European teams at the championships.'
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