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VIDEO – Paralympic hero David Weir backs U20s to succeed

03 June 2013

  • Weir impressed by England Under 20s professionalism
  • “We can definitely learn from his experience” – U20s captain Jack Clifford


Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir CBE paid a visit to England Under 20s a week ago and believes the squad have enough dedication, desire and determination to impress at the forthcoming Junior World Championship in France.

Weir, who lit up London last summer with an incredible return of four golds, headed to Burton to speak to Nick Walshe’s charges about the how to perform under pressure and drive yourself to succeed.

As part of his role as a mentor for the BMW Performance Academy, he answered questions from the players – who also posed for photographs with his haul of medals.

And the man affectionately known as “Weir Wolf” was impressed with the enthusiasm of those he encountered.

“They seem like a good bunch of young lads that I’ve met today,” he said. “They looked professional and switched on.

“They have all their teammates pushing them to their limits in training sessions – that’s good to see and they look good for the future as the next generation of England rugby players.

David Weir meets England Under 20s

Photo: RFU Archive

“You have to be 100 per cent dedicated in your sport if you want to perform at a high level. I think it’s quite important as a youngster to be disciplined as well. If you really want it you will be willing to make those sacrifices.”

“A lot of them were asking me about my performance and you could see that desire in their eyes to do well. They were asked me about doing well on the track and how it felt to win gold medals. I think they want to feel that buzz when they go into that competition.

“If I had any advice for them, it would be not to get complacent when you do start to win. You just have to take each day as it comes and look after yourself.

“When it happens for you, just enjoy the moment.”

England Under 20s Captain Jack Clifford added: “It was an honour to meet David. Although our sports are totally different, there are lots of similarities in how we prepare for big matches or races.

“We can definitely learn from his experience of performing at the highest level and we’ll be taking his advice through with us to the Junior World Championship.”