Laurie Williams and Amy Conroy both put up 14 points to help guide Great Britain to a famous victory over Canada at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships.

Britain stunned the defending world champions with a sensational performance in Hamburg as they led from the front, holding off a spirited fightback to win 64-56.

In their opening match of the championships, Britain led 37-31 at half-time as Williams and Conroy both impressed.

Captain Helen Freeman also chipped in with an impressive 13 points as Canada struggled to get near their counterparts in the first two quarters in Germany.

Canada fought back with 15 points in the final quarter and brought themselves back to within six points but it wasn’t enough to deny Britain the victory.

Great Britain will take on Brazil, who lost to Australia in their opening contest, on Saturday before going against Spain the following day.

Gregg Warburton scored 20 points in Great Britain's victory over South Korea

Great Britain too good for South Korea

In the men’s competition, Great Britain announced themselves at the competition as they despatched South Korea 77-58.

A thunderous opening quarter from Gregg Warburton and Lee Manning, who put up a combined 20 points, helped establish a 31-6 lead after 10 minutes.

Korea fought back in the second quarter with 24 points to make it 48-30 at the break.

But Haj Bhania’s side assumed control once again and limited their opponents to just three points in the third quarter.

Britain showed their strength in depth as 19 points came from the bench to put the men’s side in a strong position heading into Saturday’s contest against the USA.

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