Friday, 9 January 2009

David Weir awarded MBE

World record holder and Get Kids Going!'s Vice President David Weir has been nominated for an MBE in the Queen’s New Years honours. David received the honour for his services to disabled sport.

This is a double award for David who became BBC London 2008 disabled athlete in December. David spends much of his time encouraging disabled children to get involved in sport by visiting schools and training sessions.

David Weir

In an interview with Sutton Guardian he said "Sport gives confidence to young people, particularly disabled children and it's a great buzz to see them taking it up, especially wheelchair racing.

"I get a real boost giving them advice and then seeing them do well and its good to see disabled sport getting more funding and coverage.

"I do feel slightly weird about this nomination as I feel I'm just normal David Weir.

"Sometimes I get asked for my authograph and it is a strange experience, but I do enjoy being a role model for disabled sport."

At Get Kids Going! we'd like to congratulate David for his MBE and thank him for the great work he does for our charity.