Maddie helps Team GB secure best-ever placing

Madeleine Thompson #11 of Team Great Britain takes a hit trying to cut inside on Yun Long #14 of Team China during a game at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Madeleine Thompson #11 of Team Great Britain takes a hit trying to cut inside on Yun Long #14 of Team China during a game at the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Hope Valley’s Maddie Thompson was part of the GB side that secured a best-ever finish in last week’s World Championships.

Thompson and her colleagues secured a fifth-placed finish at the 12-team event, staged in Canada.

After finishing third in their pool, GB lined up against USA last Friday in the quarter-finals.

Despite a valiant effort against the reigning World Champions, GB were narrowly edged out 53-41.

Thompson, who was a part of the GB side that finished seventh at the London Olympics two years ago, played her part during the tussle with the Americans scoring some vital points.

Despite that defeat the GB women still had a chance to finish as high as fifth, which would eclipse their previous best at the tournament (A sixth-placed finish in 2010).

Their first task was to overcome France and they duly did so, recording a 58-41 victory to ensure they made it through to the fifth/sixth place play-off.

That encounter proved to be a terrific affair, with GB and their opponents Australia pushing each other all the way.

Eventually GB secured a 77-70 overtime win that helped cement their best-ever placing at the tournament.

Speaking after the win, GB Women’s Head Coach Miles Thompson said: “It feels like the natural step in our progression: we needed a win like that to kick-start this programme into the elite.

“We had some exceptional performances out there individually, but you could also feel the team aspect of where we’re headed – it’s great.”

• Hosts Canada were the tournament winners, beating Germany 54-50 in the final.