The excitement is building for wheelchair racer David Weir who admits he can’t wait to return to his second home this weekend for the Anniversary Games.
Weir is set to resume his rivalry with Switzerland’s Marcel Hug when the pair go head-to-head at the IPC Athletics Grand Final in London on Sunday – the event also doubling up as part of the National Paralympic Day celebrations.
The competition will be particularly special given that it is taking place at London’s Olympic Stadium, a venue Weir certainly has fond memories of having won three gold medals on the track there at the Paralympic Games three years ago.
Weir has already spoken of his desire to compete in the English capital again in 2017 for the World Championships before he retires.
But he will get a chance to entertain the British crowds in the meantime this weekend.
The Weirwolf, as he is known, added another major international medal when he won the T54 1500m at last summer’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
But despite all the accolades, it is racing fast which Weir thrives off, something he intends to do once again on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to getting back into that stadium. It feels like home, going in there and racing,” he said.
“It’s a good track, it’s fast. And to have that atmosphere as well, the roar of that track, it follows you around the stadium. There’s no quiet bit.
“There’s going to be fierce competition in my category but there always is. Hopefully I can please the crowd and get a gold medal.
“It was amazing in Glasgow. The inclusion was brilliantly done. I think maybe we can have a few more events which would even improve the standard of paralympic sport even more.
“But just being a part of Team England and wearing that England vest, I felt very proud. And to win a gold medal too, pretty much on home soil, the crowd were very good too and it was a great atmosphere.
“My plan is to carry on until 2017 and then I’ll have to sit down and think after that. It depends on how well that World Championships and Rio goes.”
Weir will be one of a number of British stars on show on Sunday as part of National Paralympic Day, which sees elite athletics and swimming taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
And with Rio 2016 just over a year away, Weir admits he can’t wait to help play his part in keeping disability sport in the spotlight.
“I came up to the park for a previous National Paralympic Day and it was great to meet people,” he added.
“I think it’s very important to keep that legacy going from London 2012 and to have a National Paralympic Day is special and hopefully it can carry on for years.
“We are the best athletes in the world and if they don’t come and see us, they might miss a great race or a great swim.”
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