About Emily Thorne
EMILY, 23, is the girlfriend of six-time London Marathon wheelchair champion David Weir, 33, who will be competing in the 800m, 1,500m, 5,000m and marathon at the Paralympics.
The pair, from Wallington, south London, are parents to Mason, ten months, and are expecting a girl in October. She says:
“We met at a pub, I added him as a Facebook friend and he asked me out.
“On our first date I wasn’t sure what David would be capable of doing. I quickly realised he is very capable.
“David was born with a rare condition which means that he can’t move his legs but he has full feeling in them.
“He’s away a lot with training, sometimes around four weeks at a time. In a way, it’s good to have breaks from each other – you appreciate each other more when you’re together. I was working in a bank before I had Mason but it’s difficult to fit work in with a small child when David is away so much.
“I’m excited about London and a bit nervous. I think David’s excited, but he’s such a private person, he would never let on.
“David always thinks he hasn’t done enough training but he’s got a good chance of getting a medal. “In Beijing he got two golds, a silver and a bronze. To win gold at a home Paralympics would be the proudest moment of his life.”