One of Britain’s most successful Paralympians David Weir is a wheelchair athlete that has won six Paralympic gold medals. As well as this he’s won six World Championship golds, four European Championship golds, one Commonwealth Games gold and has been triumphant at the London Marathon on eight occasions. Born with a congenital spinal cord transection, David does not have use of his legs and is an inspirational diversity and inclusion speaker, having overcome adversity to achieve such success.
Affectionately known as the ‘Weirwolf’ David’s crowning moment came at London 2012 where he raced to glory in the 1500m, 5000m, 800m and marathon. Having excelled at some of the biggest para-sporting events in the world, David’s achievements include winning eight London marathons a feat he last achieved in 2018. Always keen to encourage disabled people to achieve big things in their own lives, he is an awe-inspiring diversity and inclusion speaker who is eager to support the next generation.
Growing up David competed as a wheelchair athlete in the London Youth Games gaining funding from the National Lottery along the way. During his speaking events, he regularly credits the impact the fund had on his career in allowing him to gain prominence in sport and a platform as a disabled athlete.
In 2013 he and his coach created the Weir Archer Academy. The organisation aims to help increase participation in disability sport and help champion the next generation of Paralympians. Having noticed that disabled children do not get enough support, David uses his own experiences to nurture these young athletes. This role saw him awarded with a CBE and is an aspect of his career he expands on as an inclusion advocate and speaker.
When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker David can draw upon his own sporting success as well as how he’s coped living his life with a disability.
“David was a delight to listen to and socialise with. His story is an inspiration and the way that he tells it is inspirational. David had time for everyone, was engaging and happy to sign autographs and be photographed with delegates from the moment he arrived to the moment he left. He is a brilliant talent and a wonderful man.”