World Cup test for Norwich’s Amy Conroy

Norwich's Amy Conroy insists it is a pursuit of perfection not a pursuit of results that Britain's wheelchair basketball team are after at present – and it's about to be put to the test.

The 19-year-old has barely stopped so far this year with a trip to France, domestic league clashes against men's teams and the first-ever Tri-Nations Cup over Easter already ticked off.

And Conroy's preparations for this summer's London Games don't show any signs of easing up with the BT Paralympic World Cup next month in Manchester before a tour of America.

While her schedule has been packed, it is the World Cup that will prove a vital test of Britain's Paralympic credentials with Germany, Australia and the US making the trip to the UK.

Germany are the European champions while America are the world title holders, however Conroy admits it is cutting out mistakes, not getting results, that is the priority right now.


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'In the past I think we used to set ourselves targets and if it wasn't quite happening for us we could lose confidence,' said Conroy – who won World Cup gold with Britain last year.

'But now we are just looking to iron out any errors that are still in our game and at the moment I am just training as hard as I can so that I can be ready for London. As a team we are definitely improving all the time and we are really playing as a team at the moment which is making a big difference.

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'We are learning to control the game ourselves and keep our cool. We have done a lot this year and we are all feeling positive about how things are going.

'We have had some great preparation like playing in the men's league and going out to France and we have a tour to America to come and some games over here to prepare.'

Conroy and co beat Germany to win their first-ever World Cup title last year, however they couldn't prevent them taking European gold in September or the Tri-Nations Cup crown.

However, rather than be anxious about facing them again in Manchester, Conroy is relishing the opportunity, insisting they are exactly the type of fixtures they need.

'The World Cup will be our last major competition before London so it's a huge event for us.

'There are some really good teams competing there so it will be a great test,' she added.

'We want to be competing in events with the best teams in the world and now is a crucial time to be doing that with the home Games fast approaching.'

The BT Paralympic World Cup is taking place in Manchester from 22-26 May with elite international athletes competing in Athletics, Football 7-aside and Wheelchair Basketball.

Go to www.btparalympicworldcup.com for tickets and more information.

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