David Lega
David Lega in January 2014
Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
2 July 2019
ConstituencySweden
Personal details
Born12 October 1973 (1973-10-12) (age 48)
Gothenburg, Sweden
OccupationDeputy Mayor of Gothenburg
Known forParalympic swimming, public speaking

Michael David Alexander Lega (born 12 October 1973) is a Swedish politician for the Christian Democrats, and a former paralympic swimmer who beat 14 world records during his career. He is a Member of the European Parliament since 2019,[1] and serves on the Committee on foreign affairs and the Committee of human rights.

Early life and career

Lega was born with the congenital disease arthrogryposis.[2] He became a paralympic swimmer, competing in the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, and the IPC Swimming World Championships in 1994 and 1998. He won three gold medals in the 1998 IPC Championships.[3]

Lega retired as a swimmer after the 2000 Paralympic Games and became a public speaker and entrepreneur. He owns companies within personal development, computer technology, and a fashion brand called Lega Wear.[2] He released the book HANDS FREE - David Lega's Inspiring Journey in 2008. In 2005, he was named one of the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World.[citation needed]

He has been on the executive boards of the Swedish Sports Confederation and UNICEF Sweden.[when?] He won the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award in 1996.[citation needed]

Political career

In January 2011, Lega was elected chairman of the executive committee of Gothenburg. In January 2012 he became the second vice chairman of the executive board for the Christian Democratic Party in Sweden.

Lega has been a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections, serving on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and its Subcommittee on Human Rights. In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability.[4]

References

  1. ^ Final results from European Parliament elections in Sweden Read 2019-05-31 (in Swedish)
  2. ^ a b Lindén Ivarsson, Anna-Lena (27 January 2008). "David Lega gör kläder för alla kroppar". Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  3. ^ "David Lega, Sweden". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  4. ^ Members of the Disability Intergroup - EPP European Disability Forum.

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