David was born on the 5th June 1979 to parents Jackie and David. He has three brothers: Alan, Paul and Tony.
David grew up in Wallington with his family and was introduced to wheelchair racing at the age of 8 when his primary school teacher received an entry form for the London Mini Marathon. It was the start of not only his illustrious career but his long association with the London Marathon. He also took part in the London Youth Games for the Borough of Sutton. David also went on to be selected for the Atlanta Paralympic Games in 1996 at the age of 17.
In 1996 David competed in his first ever Paralympics, returning home he dropped out of the sport for a while and it was when watching the 2000 Sydney Games that his desire was rekindled to reach the highest levels. He returned to the Paralympic stage in 2004 at the Athens Games where he won 100m Silver and 200m Bronze. His two Gold Medals in Beijing over 800m and 1500m were backed up by a 400m Silver and also a 5000m Bronze.
In 2006 David broke two World Records on the track and won three World titles in Assen at the World Championships.
Following his first ever victory at the New York Marathon in November 2010, David won three Gold Medals at the 2001 World Championships in New Zealand. He won a record sixth title at the London Marathon in April 2012.
London 2012 was the Games that changed David Weir’s status overnight. To add to David’s medal haul in Beijing David won four Gold Medals. With victories on the track over 800m, 1500m and 5000m in front of rapturous spectators he finished his medal haul on The Mall after a 26 mile 385 yard slog around the streets of London.
Amazingly, his three Gold medal performances on the track saw almost identical wining margins; 800m – 0.21 sec; 1500m – 0.23 sec; 5000m – 0.25 sec. His fourth Gold over the Marathon saw his winning margin extended to one second. The cumulative distance of his four events amounts to 49.5km or 31 miles, and his winning margins added together were only 1.69 sec! No matter, it was enough to ensure his name entered the ranks of immortals.
With his newly christened title of ‘The Weirwolf of London’ by athletes and fans alike, his victories raised the decibels of appreciation to new levels.
To end the Games one of the key highlights was when David carried the Great Britain flag at the closing ceremony, he shared this honour with cyclist Sarah Storey.
2014 saw the Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow, David took to the track competing in the T54 1500m, producing a dominant display David won Gold, adding Commonwealth Games Champion to his already list of illustrious titles.
David lives in Wallington with his partner, Emily with whom he has a son, Mason and a daughter, Tillia Grace London Weir. He also has a daughter, Ronie, from a previous relationship.
Passionate about building the profile of Paralympic sport he has now set up an Academy with Jenny Archer MBE, The Weir Archer Academy is based at Kingston Track coaching up and coming wheelchair racers.