Weir sets out aim of inspiring future Paralympians
An article in the Croydon Guardian has shed light on the future ambitions of the gold medal-winning Team GB Paralympic athlete David Weir, with the 33-year-old stating that he has his eye set on inspiring others once he bows out of professional sport.
The wheelchair race champion, who was quoted during a trip around several schools and social centres in his home area of Surrey, explained that 'my goal is to inspire people into sport and that's something I see myself doing long after I retire'.
Weir went on to acknowledge the responsibility he now holds towards the wider community, saying that 'I am at that stage where people look up to me, and they want to follow in my footsteps, not just in wheelchair racing but in able-bodied sports'.
Recent surveys have shown that people across the UK now have a much more positive attitude towards people who rely on the use of aids like mobility vehicles since the successful staging of the London Paralympics, which is largely thanks to the sterling performances of people like Weir.
The full article, which features extensive quotes from Weir, can be read by clicking this link.
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