Weir given Freedom of City

Paralympian David Weir will receive the Freedom of the City of London today as the City of London Corporations charity, City Bridge Trust, launches a new grants programme to widen sports opportunities for disabled people

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David Weir wants more disabled people to take up sport

Paralympian David Weir has been granted the Freedom of the City of London.

The six-time gold medallist, who is from Wallington in Surrey, received the award at the Guildhall, where he also met some young disabled people and played a game of Boccia with them.

David is backing a new scheme to encourage more disabled people to take up sport.

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David Weir gets freedom of city

David Weir won four gold medals at London 2012 Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Paralympian David Weir will be awarded the Freedom of the City of London today, as a city trust begins a new grant programme to widen sports opportunities for disabled people.

There are 1.4m disabled people in London, 75% of whom don't exercise - double the figure for non-disabled people. The City of London's charity City Bridge Trust says it wants more organisations to increase opportunities for disabled people by applying for grants.

David Weir celebrates winning gold in the Men's 1500m T54 Final at the Olympic Stadium Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Lord Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford said:

"Paralympians have revolutionised Paralympic sport - breaking down barriers and pushing the boundaries of possibility, inspiring a generation."

Mark Boleat, the elected Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation, said:

"The City is committed to nurturing and promoting excellence, in every sector, and our new fund will support the sporting legends of the future"

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