“Well done to my coach for her MBE well deserved and overdue. It wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have won all my medals #birthdayhonours”
Jenny Archer, the lifelong coach of British wheelchair athlete David Weir, has been awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Awarded the accolade for services to disabled sport, Archer, has been instrumental in the success of David Weir since becoming his coach in 2002.
Having made his debut at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, Weir has gone on to win 10 Paralympic medals, including six golds, and six world titles.
Following his quadruple triumph at London 2012, Weir himself was awarded a CBE in 2013.
“It is about time and I am delighted for her and I am sure she will relish the day,” told Press Association Sport.
“I wouldn’t have won any of my medals without Jenny. Without her pushing me in training every day I wouldn’t have had my world records or my London Marathon wins and I wouldn’t have been famous.
“She has this amazing ability to judge people’s standards and what they need straight away. She just knows what is going to work for them and I am delighted all the hours she puts in for free have been recognised.”
He later tweeted: “Well done to my coach for her MBE well deserved and overdue. It wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have won all my medals #birthdayhonours”
In April 2013, the pair launched the Weir Archer Academy, based at the Kingsmeadow Athletics Stadium in Surrey, Great Britain to help unearth future Paralympic medallists.