PARALYMPIC SPORT: Tipton turns it around to see Britain home

Anna Tipton scored after coming off the bench

Anna Tipton scored after coming off the bench

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Anna Tipton, from Didcot, was Britain’s hero as they came from behind to beat Belgium in their goalball international on Saturday, writes STUART WEIR.

Goalball – a three-a-side game for players with visual impairment – was returning to the Copper Box Arena for the first time since the 2012 Paralympics as part of National Paralympic Day, with Prince Edward’s presence making it a royal occasion.

Tipton, who works as a NHS physiotherapist in the East Oxford Health Centre, Cowley, came off the bench to score a hat-trick as Britain turned a 5-2 half-time deficit into a 7-5 victory.

Tipton (pictured), who played all GB’s games in London 2012, said: “It was a bit of shock to my system to start on the bench – I haven’t done that for a while – but it was great to see some of our new players getting a chance.

“It is nice for someone like me who has been around for donkey’s years to be able to watch the younger players progress.

“It was really nostalgic to be back in the Copper Box.

“It is not the same as the Paralympics – how can it be – but it still feels like coming home.”

Her next tournament is the European Championships at the end of September.

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