By: Gareth A Davies
Great Britain’s women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup wheelchair basketball campaign off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but their male counterparts had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France.
The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 victory; an important result against a team seeded three places above them in the world rankings.
Helen Freeman was the top scorer of the game by a significant margin with 29 points as the world number six seeded team took down a resilient Canadian squad in the last quarter.
It was an evenly matched contest throughout but it was GB’s determination that shone through and the home team go joint top of the table after the first day of the group stages.
Commenting on GB’s dream start Freeman said: “A win against Canada is amazing for us as we haven’t beaten them for a couple of years.
“It felt great to contribute 29 points to the final score. We are a young team and most of us are preparing for the Junior World Championships coming up so competing at the World Cup against such a senior team is invaluable to us.”Tags: Claire Strange, Helen Freeman, Junior World Championships, Paralympic World Cup, Paralympics, wheelchair basketball