gamer Marley with Iwan Thomas - Team GB fanzone

A young Nantwich gamer enjoyed a day to remember when she gave GB Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas a run for his money!

Marley Sharp, eight, was one of number of youngsters challenged by the UK 400m record holder to compete playing the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game.

They competed at the launch of the game at the official TeamGB fanzone in Westfield, London.

And the budding young journalist, a pupil at Pear Tree Primary School, also had chance to interview Thomas about being an athlete.

It’s not the first time Marley has hit the headlines! Last year she was praised nationally for a moving poem she penned during the first pandemic lockdown.

Now other youngsters are being given a chance to enjoy a similar experience at the TeamGB fanzone.

Marley and Iwan at TeamGB

Marley and Iwan

Other former GB athletes including Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Bianca Williams, Olympic sprinter Linford Christie and cyclist Joanna Roswell are also s.

Children are invited to play the official game at a gaming van at Westfield for the duration of the Olympics. It will be staged throughout the Olympics until August 8.

Youngsters also enjoyed a fun-filled family day out with a climbing wall in the fanzone, a chance to meet and greet Sonic, and watch the Olympics live on a big screen while sat on a wooden boat!

The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 video game, by SEGA, is a fun, arcade-style party game for friends and family to compete on the world’s biggest stage at-home together.

It features 18 unique Olympic events, a robust Avatar Creator that allows players to create and customise their Dream Olympic athlete, and local/online multiplayer that supports up to eight players.

The TeamGB Fanzone is open for 17 days from July 23 to August 8.

It is free to enter and includes a host of fun activities for families and sports enthusiasts.

To be part of the experience and join the fun, please visit the TeamGB Fanzone at Westfield Shepherds Bush from 23rd July 2021 – 8th August 2021.

Listen to Marley’s fab interview with Iwan Thomas, below:

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