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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Arena to be renamed in honour of David Weir on May the 16th

Record-breaking Paralympic Gold Medallist and wheelchair athlete, David Weir, will have his extraordinary achievements formally recognised in his home borough of Sutton when the premier leisure and athletics centre is renamed in his honour.

The Paralympian, who added four Gold Medals at London 2012 to the two he won in Beijing four years earlier and has also won six London Marathons, said he was “absolutely delighted” by the decision to rename the Sutton Arena as the David Weir Leisure Centre.

The Sutton Arena Leisure Centre in St Helier, which boasts an extensive range of facilities for everyone from elite athletes to those just trying to keep fit, has been at the heart of sport in the borough since it first opened as a simple cinder track in 1953.

David said: “I am absolutely delighted. It is a very great honour. I have trained there and taken part in a few events there and it’s an excellent facility.”

The Paralympic hero added: “My daughter goes to the leisure centre with her school and it will be very exciting for her to see my name over the door.”

Following the formal renaming ceremony David will thrill local youngsters by officially starting some competitions and handing medals to winners.

It is not the first time the athlete, who grew up in the South London borough and has lived there all his life, has been honoured by his authority.

In 2009 a few months after returning from Beijing he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough, the first person in 30 years to receive the recognition.
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