Talent and marketing agency Sports Sphere has announced four new athlete signings, led by Britain's six-time Paralympic champion David Weir.
It follows the para-athlete’s recent announcement of his comeback plans, targetting a place at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
This year has already seen the star, who has spoken openly about the mental health struggles that contibuted to his earlier retirement from the sport, win an 8th London Marathon title and set a new course record at the Great North Run.
Weir is joined on Sports Sphere’s books by wheelchair tennis champion Alfie Hewett, who signed up to the agency earlier this year, and has since won the singles and doubles titles at the US Open, ending the year with a world ranking of number 2.
London-based Sports Sphere has also added diver Jack Laugher and triathlete Jess Learmonth – both European medalists this summer – to its athletes portfolio.
Olympic champion Laugher achieved double springboard gold in Glasgow, while Learmonth came second in the women’s triathlon, backing up her solid performances in the ITU World Triathlon Series 2018, where she finished fifth overall.
James Harper, managing director of Sports Sphere, commented on the agency’s growing roster as the journey towards Tokyo 2020 starts to gather pace. He said: “We’re very lucky to be working with many of the top athletes in British Olympic and Paralympic sport, and I’m delighted that David, Alfie, Jack and Jess recognise we’re best placed to support them in their careers.
“All of them have achieved remarkable things this year and we’re all excited to see what the next couple of years hold for them.”
Sports Sphere’s client roster also includes Jonnie Peacock, Lizzy Yarnold, Ed Clancy, Vicky Holland, Jazz Carlin, Amy Tinkler, Phil Hindes, Will Satch, Beth Tweddle, Chemmy Alcott and Goldie Sayers.