David Weir : Pride of Team GB

Posted by on Sep 5, 2012 in Blog

David Weir : Pride of Team GB

Paralympic Officials from Great Britain continue to be displeased as the track and field timetable continues to run behind schedule. This meant that some of the supporters of David Weir missed his ‘spectacular’ triumph in the 5,000 m wheelchair race as it began more than 30 minutes late.

“We have fed our concerns to Locog as we want things to run to time…It would have been better for David Weir to compete in front of 80,000 fans, not 75,000.”.

David Weir MBE , born on the 5th of June 1979, is an elite Paralympic wheelchair athlete from London, England who represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games this year.

Weir represented Sutton in Wheelchair Athletics at the London Youth Games which was one of his first achievements as an athlete. In April 2008 he won his third London Marathon in a row which was his fourth marathon to participate in.  His Paralympic career began in the Summer Paralympic Games of 2004 where he won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal, the following Paralympic year David Weir  won 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze metal for team GB at Beijing in 2008. Only two days ago, Weir began his medal haul winning the 2012 Summer Paralympics 5,000 metres at the Olympic Stadium in London. ’David Weir currently holds the British record at all track distances up to 5,000 m, as well as on the road at 10 km, half marathon, and marathon.’

 ”One of the best wheelchair athletes in the world Britain’s top wheelchair racer”.

Described by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

As you may know by now, David Weir was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)  in the 2009 New Year Honours. In addition to this great achievement, Weir joined Lucozade Sport as an Ambassador in 2007 and a patron for the 2012 London Youth Games Hall of Fame alongside Zoe Smith.

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