Local paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock becomes a ‘Victorious’ video game star
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As Paralympics GB proudly sit second in the medal table, gamers have the chance to be the T44 100m star in the unique, fun and accessible Victorious Games.
To celebrate the Rio Paralympics, disability charity Papworth Trust have created the free gaming app which is inspired by the 1980s ZX Spectrum classic Daley Thompson’s Decathlon.
Jonnie, who also won gold in London 2012 where he was one of the heroes of the Games, said: “I was only too happy to support Victorious Games.
“It was surreal seeing myself as an animated character, but I hope the game will show people the power of sport and help promote the charity’s work with disabled and older people.”
The game, which is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play, allows users to play as Jonnie Peacock - or one of four other characters representing different countries - and compete in the 100m.
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In the spirit of the original cult classic, players can either tap or slide the screen to go for gold with the game having three levels of difficulty and both local and global leaderboards.
Helen Fairhurst, head of marketing at the Trust, said: “We are delighted to have Jonnie’s support of this fun and accessible game.
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“2012 inspired a generation and we hope that this reboot of a classic helps inspire young gamers as well as those that remember the original the first time around.
“We want Victorious Games to help raise awareness of disability issues and the power of sport and sporting opportunities for disabled people.”
Jonnie has supported Papworth Trust in the past with their ‘I Can’ campaign focusing on what disabled people can do.
To find out more and to play the game for free, visit http://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/victoriousgames or search ‘Victorious Games’ on the App Store or Google Play on phones only.