Teamwork helped through the good and bad days

DAVID Weir is one of the world’s greatest wheelchair athletes.

But, as he told the YIBC, his success is only possible because of the dedicated team that supports him.

He won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic games, in the 5,000m and 1,500m, 800m and the marathon.

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He’s become a household name, but his success has only come after years of hard work and sacrifice.

As he told the YIBC, he’s managed to stay motivated, even when he’s training in the park when it’s minus eight degrees.

He told the audience at Bridlington Spa: “Wheelchair racing gave me a buzz that no other sport did.”

During dark patches in training, he managed to keep going, by focusing on the people who got him there.

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“I’m quite strong-minded,’’ he said. “You have to be tough. It’s all about my family this year.”

VERDICT: 8 /10: In a sporting world too frequently populated with pampered, overpaid egomaniacs, it’s a pleasure and privilege to hear from somebody so humble and dignified.

Blessed with a self-deprecating sense of humour, David Weir shows that adversity can be overcome through hard work and an awareness of the contribution of others.

Like many of the best known Olympians and Paralympians, he was quick to acknowledge and praise the team around him. Teamwork is vital in business and in sport.

He will have inspired everyone at the YIBC to believe in themselves and their long-term goals.

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