Eastern Adaptations proudly partner with David Weir

Eastern Adaptations are super excited and proud to be partnering with the amazing David Weir for the 2020 London Marathon.

We are certainly honoured to have had this opportunity to collaborate with David as he is such an icon not only within the disabled sports industry but for some of the fantastic work he does within the industry with all he stands for.

Background

Weir was born in Wallington, part of the London Borough of Sutton. He cannot use his legs due to a congenital spinal cord transection.

As a child he was a talented wheelchair athlete, representing Sutton in wheelchair athletics at the London Youth Games, and won the junior event at the London marathon (the mini wheelchair race) seven times.

At school Weir was frustrated by a lack of sporting activities for wheelchair users, but after years of persistence he developed a skill for wheelchair racing that would define his career and lead to multiple Paralympic successes.

Achievement Awards

BBC London has twice recognised Weir. In 2005 Weir was named the BBC London Disabled Athlete of the year. In December 2008 Weir was given the BBC London Disabled Athlete award from a short-list of three.

A British Wheelchair Sports Award has gone to Weir two times. He received the Individual male achievement award in 2005. In November 2006, Weir shared the Individual male athlete award with tennis player Peter Norfolk.

2006 was a year of further award nominations for Weir, the year he took four medals in the IPC Athletics World Championships and won his second London Marathon. The Sports Journalists’ Association named him as disabled sports personality of the year.

In October 2006 Weir was given the Best Performance Award by the British Athletic Writers Association for his performances in Assen at the IPC World Championships. In 2006 Weir was also nominated for BBC Sports Personality of the Year, only the second disabled athlete to be nominated, but was controversially omitted from the eventual short-list for the honour.

British Paralympic Association chairman Mike Brace said after Weir’s omission:

“For none of our top disabled athletes to be recognised in the shortlist is disappointing. I think this shows how far disability sport has got to go to be accepted by the general public.”

As an adult, Weir continues his affiliation with the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games. In 2010 he was inducted into the London Youth Games Hall of Fame. He became one of the patrons for the 2012 event alongside weightlifter Zoe Smith. The duo took part in an Olympic v Paralympic competition filmed for the London Youth Games’ website, going head-to-head in archery, basketball, boccia and table tennis.

Weir was nominated for the 2012 Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year Award for his athletic achievements in 2011, although he lost out to runner Oscar Pistorius.

CBE

Weir was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.

 

OBE

Weir was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours, he received the honour for his services to disabled sport.

Other Honours

Weir was made an honorary freeman of Sutton in 2009, the first person to be awarded the honour for 30 years. Weir says:

“It’s a great honour to be given the Freedom of the Borough of Sutton and I feel really privileged. The council actually helped me get started in the sport as the Mayor gave me a grant for about £800 when I was eight years old to buy my first racing wheelchair.”

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