Myles’ will power and wheel power

Great Britain's Aaron Phipps and USA's Will Groulx (left) during the Group A match at the Basketball Arena, London
Great Britain's Aaron Phipps and USA's Will Groulx (left) during the Group A match at the Basketball Arena, London
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ST ANNES’ wheelchair rugby Paralympian Myles Pearson is confident GB will have the opportunity for revenge against the USA, who defeated them 56-44 yesterday.

The 19-year-old from Lightburne Avenue is the youngest member of the British team which took on the world champions in the first of three group games yesterday.

Pearson and co made the perfect start, leading 13-11 after the first quarter only for the Americans to take control.

But with matches against France (today) and Japan to follow,Pearson believes GB can qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals and earn another crack at the USA.

He said: “We have got to pick ourselves up and get a win behind us.

“The Americans have had two or three Paralympics together. We are such a young squad but we will be back, and if we play them again, which we hopefully will, we will beat them.

“In the first period we were in control, but then you could see their experience and our inexperience and they just started edging away. But that is something to learn from.”

Wins in the remaining two games should see GB through and Pearson is confident the partisan home supporters can play their part.

He added; “The fans are almost on top of you. It is like the Bernabeu in Madrid. They are against the opposition but so warm for us. And when we were playing well, you could see the Americans getting smaller and smaller.”