Without a doubt, one of my favourite athletes to watch during London 2012 was David Weir – he was my pick to win Sports Personality of the Year, and he eventually came 5th behind the likes of Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis.
Affectionately known as the Weirwolf during the Paralympics, Weir took part in 7 races over the course of 10 days, totalling a racing length of around 30 miles.
Seriously, this guy is a machine, because he took home four golds (and I was lucky enough to witness the stadium ones, and see him collect some of his medals) in the 800m, 1500m, 5000m and the marathon. His category for all races was T54, which translates to:
T – identifies him as a track athlete
54 – identifies him as a wheelchair athlete
The other number categories works out like this:
- 11-13, visual impairment, with 11 being completely blind (did anyone see the blind races where each athlete had a guide? amazing)
- 20, intellectual impairment
- 31-38, cerebral palsy
- 42-46, amputees
The athletes are assessed for the severity of their disability and thus assigned a number. For example, with the visual impairment category, those given the 11 classification are entitled to a guide runner, whilst those classified as 13 do not as their disability is assessed to be less severe and thus they do not require a guide.
David Weir has three children, one of which arrived in October 2012. His eldest is a daughter from a previous relationship:
Ronie, circa 2002/2003
Tillia Grace London, 2012
I looked up Tillia in the rankings, or at least, attempted to for she does not rank. However, Tilia does at #5785 with 3 girls given the name in England&Wales in 2011. Even more curiously, Ronie does not rank, but Ronnie does for girls at #776 with 48 receiving the name.