South Tyneside’s Josef Craig was last night named as the BBC’s Young Sports Personality of the Year after becoming Britain’s youngest gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics in the S7 400m freestyle swimming final
The 15-year-old Hebburn born Geordie made a short speech thanking family, friends and performance director John Atkinson at British Swimming, who all helped him win his Gold medal.
Craig has mild cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with Graves’ disease in 2011 which causes rapid weight loss. He battled back from an operation in which he had his thyroid removed to take part in this years Games in London.
The South Shields schoolboy was also joint winner of the BBC North East Sports Personality award with Ashington Born Olympic rowing gold medallist Kat Copeland who won a gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls rowing final.