David Weir was born with a spinal cord transection that left him without the use of his legs. At school, he was frustrated by the lack of activities available for disabled children, but his prospects were transformed when he discovered a talent for wheelchair racing. He has won a number of marathons, and has competed many times in world championships and at the Paralympic Games.
At the London 2012 Summer Paralympics, Weir won four gold medals for Great Britain, taking his total tally up to six golds. He currently holds the national record for track distances up to 5,000m and road distances of 10km, as well as for both the full and half-marathon. In 2009 Weir was awarded an MBE for his outstanding contribution to British sport, and he later received a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2013. He lives in London with his fiancée and their children.