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Marcquelle Ward 
Manchester baller Marcquelle Ward advanced to Nike Freestyle Face Off finals after his performance at G-MEX in Manchester on Sunday
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Manchester baller advances to televised final

15 May 2003
Manchester, England

Thousands headed down to Manchester’s G-MEX on Sunday, in the hope of being spotted as one of the nation’s hottest Freestylers, and winning the chance to appear in an MTV ad and show off their skills at half time during a game at Old Trafford or Highbury.

After whittling down the thousands of entrants to eight finalists over two sessions, the judges decided that Marcquelle Ward, 19 of Longsight, Manchester, and Glenn Walker, of Northampton, stood out from the rest with their blend of stunning skills, attitude and amazing flair with the ball making them Manchester’s Freestyle champions.

Marcquelle said, “That was amazing participating in the event but I really can’t believe I am the winner and just hope the people of Manchester will watch the advert and vote for me so I become the Ultimate Freestyle Champion.”

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The two Manchester Freestyle Champions will now go head to head with the winners of the London Freestyle face-off (which took place at London’s Earls Court 2 on 4th May), in a special final on MTV. This will be screened as an advert on MTV Base for viewers to decide which of the four finalists should be crowned the UK’s Ultimate Freestyle Champion.

Attending the event were Utah Jazz forward/centre John Amaechi plus England and Everton football star Wayne Rooney.

"The skills of the kids from the North West we saw tonight were fantastic. This season has been great for me but it's not so long ago I was practising freestyle skills of my own," said Rooney

Charlie Brooks, spokesperson for Nike UK commented, “The skills on display today have been incredible and these freestylers seem to be becoming more and more innovative, creative and ambitious with the ball – that’s exactly what freestyle is all about.”

Not only were there amazing freestyle tricksters to be seen but some of the UK’s top DJs (DJ Spoony and Shortee Blitz), Live Acts (Abs and Jody Lei) Breakdancers and Beatboxers were their to keep the huge crowds entertained.

As seen in the new Nike adverts with Ronaldinho and the Stickman, Freestyle is all about rhythm, attitude and stunning ball moves; it’s about self -expression. It’s not just about doing the tricks; it’s about doing them in style.

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