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Sarah takes aim for Athens
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Sarah is aiming for her second Paralympics
The GB squad only just made the Paralympics
Aged just 20, Wheelchair basketball star Sarah Burrett is aiming for a place at her second Paralympics.

She found the Sydney 2000 experience a bit overwhelming, but - armed with a new shot - she knows exactly what to expect this time around.

Sarah tells us how she's gearing up for Athens.




I was only 16 when I went to Sydney and the whole thing went by in a bit of a blur.

I couldn't tell you half the things I did - I was just in awe of everything. There were 100,000 people at the opening ceremony and I remember thinking: "What am I doing here?!"

Sydney was a great learning experience - we played every game in front of 18,000 people. We finished eighth then, but I'd expect us to do better this time around.

We've changed coaches twice since 2000. Our present coach has got us very motivated and I'd expect to finish at least fifth in Athens - hopefully even higher.

New shot

It will be tough, though. Germany and Canada are probably our closest rivals. The Canadians have won the past four Paralympics and are a really special outfit.

Canada dominate the women's game
Canada are the team to watch

My preparations are going well. I've just started working on a new shot, which will hopefully improve my game.

I used to employ a two-handed shot, but the GB coach wants me to use a one-handed shot, which should increase my accuracy and give me greater range.

That has meant developing a completely new technique, which is a real challenge. But if it leads to more points it will be worth it.

My fiancÚ, who's an able-bodied basketball player, has been helping me a great deal as well.

There have been times when I've felt like I can't do it, but he's always there to support me and keep me focused.

For me, one of the best things about wheelchair basketball is the competitive element.

It's supposed to be a non-contact sport, but most of the time it's anything but! I like it when the games are rough - it's great to get stuck in and put yourself about.



Sarah's facts
Born: 25 April, 1984
Occupation: Student - studying for a degree in business and sports science at Brunel University
Club: Force
Position: Point/point guard
Role: The general of the team - runs the offence
Requirements: Quick thinker, cool under pressure, tactical nous


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