David Weir CBE

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Six times Gold Medallist David Weir has shared memories in support of the Sporting Memories Network.

The 'Weir Wolf' picked up an incredbile four golds at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, to add to the two won in 2008. David has had massive success both on the track and competing in wheelchair marathons around the globe. He was back on top of the podium in Glasgow at this summer's Commonwealth Games, winning Gold in the 1500m. David has nine further gold medals from the IPC World Championships, the Paralympic World Cup and the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Recalling how he first got into wheelchair racing " My school got leaflets about the London mini marathon, so I asked my parents if I could go and try it. I did the trials and got the bug for it. I was eight years old  when I did my first mini marathon which was three miles, I didn't win it, but I'd found a sport I could enjoy, it was me competing against other disabled athletes.

All my mates were playing in mini league football and would come back from games and training and always had stories to tell. I didn't. But through competing in wheelchair races I had stories to tell too, I could come back and tell my friends about the race and how I was doing."

Confirmation that wheelchair racing was going to be his sport came one day when competing at Stoke Mandeville, after getting to the basketball finals as part of a cobbled together team, David went out to compete on the track in the afternoon and won all his races. That was the turning point that led to an incredible career that culminated in the memorable four gold medals at London 2012

"Ahead of London 2012 I wanted everything to be perfect. I wanted to be mentally in the best shape I could be. I didn't want any injuries or illnesses, no hiccups going in to the games. The last ten weeks of training were the best I had ever had. I knew going in to the games I was in the best physical and mental shape I had ever been. I didn't want to disappoint the team who have helped me through my career.

When you see 80,000 people in the Olympic Stadium, in the city you were born and raised in and you are the only Brit in the race, you don't want to disappoint them either!"

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