Paralympics 2012: GB's Helen Turner eyes home crowd support

Helen Turner

2012 Paralympics

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Wheelchair basketball player Helen Turner says having the backing of a home crowd will spur her side on at the London Paralympics.

The 34-year-old from Cobham is set to feature in her third Games when Great Britain's women begin their campaign on Thursday against the Netherlands.

She told BBC Surrey: "It will be extremely special. We know they will get behind us and cheer us on.

"It gives us that extra bit of confidence that we need on the court."

She added: "It will be nerve-wracking but I think the trick is to look at the crowd, absorb it, and then forget it.

"We are there to play basketball and we play every day so we just have to do our jobs and enjoy the crowd when we need it."

Turner, who trains in London, believes the experience the side gained at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester earlier this year will stand the side in good stead.

Great Britain's women, winners of the World Cup in 2011, finished fourth this year.

"We're building on our confidence at the moment," she continued.

"We played the best in the world and teams ranked higher than us in Manchester.

"That preparation is brilliant. Quite often we don't play those highly-ranked teams but this year we have."