”My first thought was that he looked like a boat motor. When Peter Hull came out of the pool it was impossible to see if he was sitting or standing. Four stumps stuck out of each corner of his torso. I was twelve years old and stared so hard that my eyes nearly popped out of my head.
A motor which could speak!
And what’s your name, kid?
I told him my name was David and I was going to be a swimmer just like him.
Although I had never had that idea before that moment.
But that man, that …um, motor of flesh and blood, changed my life that day.”
From his book: HandsFree – David Lega’s Inspiring Journey
One of Sweden’s greatest – and first – big names within disabled sport hung up his swimming trunks after the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000. He had achieved his goals and experienced his dream of being a world champion. His own career was over, but sport continues to be an important part of David Lega’s life.
Lectures about sport and to the sporting world, training, and conversations with other elite athletes, as well as several board positions and honorary commissions mean that David continues to have the involvement with sport which he relishes.
Swimmer in the Swedish National Team for Disabled Swimmers 1993-2000
14 World Records during his career
Winner of the Whang Youn Dai Award ”Triumph of the Human Spirit” – Atlanta 1996
1 gold, 2 silvers – European Championships, Badajoz, Spain 1997
3 golds, 2 silvers – World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand 1998
1 gold, 3 silvers, 1 bronze – European Championships, Braunschweig, Germany 1999
Inducted into the Swedish Sports Academy 2000 -
Board Member, IPC (International Paralympic Committee) Swimming 1994–2006
Board Member, SHIF (Swedish Sports Organisation for the Disabled) and Swedish Paralympic Committee 2003-
Board Member, Swedish Sports Academy 2005-
Jury Member, Svenska Dagbladet’s ’Bragdguld’ Gold Medal 2006-
Current World Record Holder, five events
Current Swedish Record Holder, eleven events