As a junior Weir took part in WheelPower’s junior sport programme, and regularly attended events at Stoke Mandeville Stadium whilst developing his talents for the wheelchair racing.
David Weir is now one of the most celebrated Para athletes in the history of the sport having made his Paralympic debut at Atlanta 1996 at the age of just 17. At London 2012 cheered on by the home crowd David won four gold medals, in the T54 800m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon. In 2021 David was selected for his fifth games at the age of 42 as he continues to compete at the highest level for ParalympicsGB.
David has been supported throughout his career by coach Jenny Archer and after the London 2012 Paralympic Games launched the Weir Archer Academy with the aim of unearthing stars of future. The academy is based at the Weir Archer Athletics and Fitness Centre in Surrey.
In January 2013 David was made a CBE of the British Empire, and in 2014 he was inducted into the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame by Sophie, Countess of Wessex. To this day, David regularly returns to Stoke Mandeville Stadium for athletics Grand Prix events and was honoured for his name to be added to the board alongside Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann at the very place that the Paralympics was born.
Click here to watch Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex induct David Weir into the Stoke MandevilleHall of Fame.