The next generation of Paralympians will now be able to train at St Mary’s University.
The university launched the partnership with the Weir-Archer academy which provides coaching expertise to disabled athletes.
The academy is run by six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir and his coach Jenny Archer.
Some of the athletes have already been benefitting from the facilities at St Mary’s.
Archer said: “Last year young Dillon [Labrooy], who is a GB athlete, since he’s been coming here for strength and conditioning he’s improved no end.”
Weir added the reason he set the academy up was because there was a lack of talent coming through from the grassroots.
He said: “If I stop winning medals, who else is coming through?
“When I was a kid there were so many races to do in the country – it was thriving, there were over 200 races in Great Britain and we’d do races all round the country and it was dying and I was getting quite scared for the country.”
Despite Weir’s retirement on the track, this new partnership could spell the start of a new era for Team GB’s wheelchair racing medal hopefuls.
Featured image: Tom Meehan.