Top Ten Most Famous Wheelchair Users
David Weir (CBE)
Perhaps our best known Paralympian athlete, David has won the London Marathon on eight occasions and holds numerous medals in wheelchair racing including six gold in the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic games.
Founder of the Weir Archer Academy with Jenny Archer his former coach, with the aim to increase participation in disability sport, and he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2013.
Just nine months after being paralysed from the waist down in a road traffic accident, Sophie took part in the reality show Beyond Boundaries, and then in Britain’s Missing Top Model.
Since then, the has done some modelling, lots of campaigning for the rights of disabled people. She has designed a wheelchair – Mannegual, for manakins in High Street stores, made her own documentary, is an accomplished artist and TV presenter.
Nigerian -born British wheelchair basketball player and television presenter. He was part of the British team that took the Gold medal at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup. He is active in many charities promoting child welfare and in diminishing racism and prejudice towards disabled people.
Theoretical physicist, born in Oxford and expert in black holes. In 1963, at the age of 21, he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just two years to live. However, he proved the doctors wrong and lived until the age 76 using a wheelchair from the late 1960s.
One of the best UK wheelchair racers, and Paralympic champion, Tanni was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire 2005 for her services to sport. She is now a television presenter, member of parliament, and patron of numerous charities. She was recently nominated for the “Greatest person of the 20th Century” in the BBC series Icons.
Christopher Reeve, American actor famous for his “Superman” role
Franklin D. Roosevelt, rout-time U.S. President
Barbara Jordan, American civil rights activist
Frida Kahlo, visionary Mexican artist
Being in a wheelchair did not impede any of these people in becoming successful and famous and this list could easily include many, many more people who have not allowed their disability to prevent them from achieving their goals and becoming one of the top famous wheelchair users.
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