Paralympics 2012: Paralympic debutant Amy Brierly targeting Rio 2016 already for Team GB sitting volleyball squad

SITTING volleyball player Amy Brierly saw her hopes of ending the London 2012 Paralympics on a high dashed by Japan, but she’s already turned her attentions to Rio 2016.

Garden City Paralympic debutant Brierly was desperate to pick up a maiden victory of the Games on her final outing at the ExCeL Arena. But after an encouraging start against Japan, GB were defeated in the first set 25-23 and went down 29-25 and 25-13.

It meant Brierly, 23, part of the first British women’s team to compete in the sport at the Paralympics, ends London 2012 in eighth place.

But with the team having been together for only two-and-a-half years, Brierly is convinced the only way is up, claiming they will be medal contenders next time.

“We were always going to be underdogs, most of us didn't start playing volleyball until 2009,” she said.

“It’s about gaining experience in this kind of arena and we’ve had great backing to get to this stage. We’ve got a lot of positives from this but we've got a lot of hard work to do as well.”

Brierly is adamant their five 3-0 defeats do not tell the whole story.

“We take a lot of heart from how we’ve played and we’re incredibly proud to have even competed. The future is bright. Bring on Rio.” ”

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