Dave Weir leads GB athletes for BT Paralympic World Cup

David Weir is spearheading the 27-strong GB athletics team taking on the rest of the world at the BT Paralympic World Cup in May.

Double Paralympic champion Weir is joined by multiple British medalists including Ian Jones, Shelly Woods and Libby Clegg as the home nation takes on athletes representing Europe, the Americas and Rest of The World for the BT Paralympic World Cup trophy.

30-year-old Weir will take to the track to defend his 800m and 1,500m BT Paralympic World Cup titles, the distances which also saw him claim gold in Beijing.

A fresh face will be joining the stellar line-up as New Zealand-born sprinter Stefanie Reid makes her debut appearance in a GB vest.

Aged just 19, Reid took up the sport after a boating accident at the age of 16 resulted in her leg being amputated below the knee. Four years later, the aspiring athlete competed in the long jump and 200m for Canada at the Paralympics in Beijing, winning bronze in the latter and is a great talent for GB ahead of London 2012.

Reid, now aged 25, said, “The BT Paralympic World Cup is always one of my favourite meets of the year. It is the most professional meet I have ever attended, on par with the Paralympics, which is why it provides such great competition preparation early in the season. I am always excited to compete here, rain or shine! I have made a lot of changes in the past four months, so I am looking forward to seeing where I am at, along with where my competition is at.”

Peter Eriksson, UKA Paralympic Head Coach, said, “The BT Paralympic World Cup is an excellent opportunity for the GB athletes to compete in a world class competition on home soil.

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