Episode: “I cried myself to sleep every night about being disabled” - Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir


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“I cried myself to sleep every night about being disabled” - Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir

British Paralympian David Weir has won more London Marathon titles than anyone on the planet.

But despite his success, he’d never come to terms with his disability. He was born with a spinal cord transection that left him unable to use his legs. 

Frustrated by his lack of options in the sporting world growing up, he went on to excel at wheelchair racing.

Even after winning six gold Paralympic medals, by the time he won his record-breaking seventh London Marathon in 2017, he felt no joy.

Weir had to face up to the inner turmoil he had been burying since childhood.

“I never showed my emotions to my family. I never spoke to my mum and dad about my disability... I just bottled things up for years and years.”

The 39-year-old opened up about why he wants to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020, the highs of London 2012, and his life-changing counselling sessions.



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