Athlete Holly Robinson has spent years critiquing herself in her quest for perfection in her field of javelin.
Now the 26-year-old will cast another critical eye on her performance when she gets to play the official video game of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics – in which she features as an avatar.
“I think I will be quite critical of myself, but it will just so fun and exciting to see myself in this game, and see my avatar,” the Dunedin-based athlete said.
Robinson, who won the silver medal at Rio in 2016, was the only New Zealand athlete and one of only nine around world to be chosen for the game, which was released on Monday night.
Less than 100 days out from the competition, she said her focus firmly on the Games and to “throw the best I can”, but that she had not wanted to pass up the chance of being in a computer game.
The official game of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, named The Pegasus Dream Tour, has been created by Japan's JP Games.
The game places players into a virtual Paralympic Games held in a fantasy, futuristic, inclusive and diverse metropolis known as Pegasus City.
Players can equip themselves with prosthetic arms, legs and wheelchairs and train in a number of para-sports including 5-a-side football, athletics and wheelchair basketball.
Their characters can also explore the city while participating in different competitions.
Robinson, who was the flag-bearer at the 2016 Rio Games, said the game was a fun and innovative way of getting people interested in the Paralympics.
'’It is going to be really exciting that people get to experience these sports, these paralympic sports, in this video game.'’
While she was under strict orders not to discuss it prior to the worldwide launch, she had been offered a sneak peek of her avatar, which was exciting and ''a bit nerve-wracking''.
The game also showcased parts of Dunedin, she said.
While Robinson’s partner is an avid gamer, she plays only occasionally, but said she planned to buy some copies for her family and friends.
With the countdown on to the Tokyo Games, Robinson said her training and preparation was “really coming together”.
“I’m just looking forward to throwing as far as I can on the day.”
She conceded that these Covid-19 affected Games would make Tokyo unlike the previous two she had competed in.
Robinson, who had her first Covid-19 vaccine last week, was confident the Games would go ahead, and said she was only thinking about her competition on September 3.
CODE establishment director Tim Ponting said the game was an important milestone in the developing New Zealand video game industry, which was embracing diversity “in a way that hasn't been seen in the video game industry elsewhere in the world”.
“It will be a fantastic encouragement for young people in New Zealand to get involved in the industry and to get involved in sports at the same time.
The Pegasus Dream Tour launches on the App Store and Google Play Store on June 24.