Sutton Arena to be renamed David Weir Arena

Sutton Arena to be renamed David Weir Arena

Sutton Arena to be renamed David Weir Arena

First published in News by , Reporter

Sutton Arena is to be renamed the David Weir Arena following an extraordinary year for the paralympian.

Weir won four gold medals at his home paralympic games this summer and so it has been decided to rename the Carshalton leisure complex in his honour.

On hearing the news, the six-times London marathon winner said: "I am absolutely delighted. It is a very great honour. I have trained there and taken part in a few events there and it's an excellent facility."

The Paralympic hero, who this week confirmed his entry for next year's London Marathon, went on: "My daughter goes to the Arena with her school and it will be very exciting for her to see my name over the door."

In 2009, a few months after returning with two gold from the Beijing paralympics, he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Sutton Borough, the first person in 30 years to receive the recognition.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of the Council, said: "David's achievements are absolutely astonishing and they provide great pleasure and pride for everyone in the borough.

"Renaming Sutton Arena in David's honour is our way of showing the affection and respect we have for him."

The centre, then named Carshalton Sports Arena, was first used in 1953 when it had a 440 yard cinder track.

The facilities developed over the years and, in 1992, when the centre was significantly refurbished it renamed Sutton Arena and now seats 300 spectators.

Sutton Council said it intends to officially celebrate the change of name with a special event in the new year where young people will be invited to go to the Arena and try their hand at various sports.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:59pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Michael Pantlin says...

They renamed Shotfield the Jubilee Health Centre but everyone still calls it Shotfield. Renaming causes confusion and remapping expense and should not be encouraged.
They renamed Shotfield the Jubilee Health Centre but everyone still calls it Shotfield. Renaming causes confusion and remapping expense and should not be encouraged. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Monstermunch17 says...

Way to kill the mood, Michael. Rather than applaud efforts to celebrate a local guy's achievements, let's worry about the mapping costs. That's what made Britain Great.
Way to kill the mood, Michael. Rather than applaud efforts to celebrate a local guy's achievements, let's worry about the mapping costs. That's what made Britain Great. Monstermunch17
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree