Paralympian Josef Craig told Tyne Tees that the triathlon was important because it helped children 'get outside and have some fun'.
The world record holder was visiting the first ever triathlon for disabled children in the North East.
Paralympian Josef Craig took to the pool earlier to help with the first ever triathlon for disabled children in the North East.
The world record holder said it was important to support events like it, to help bring the benefits of sport to more children.
Hull and former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said it is 'disrespectful' to link him to Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager.
Pardew faces increasing pressure after another 4-0 defeat left Newcastle United at the very bottom of the Premier League table without a win this season.
Bruce is one of several people rumoured to be possible candidates for the job, but he told a BBC radio station he did not think the speculation was fair on Pardew.
"It isn't nice - it's a horrible Sunday morning for him and I find it very, very disrespectful that I'm linked with somebody else's job when he's still in a job.
"It's a hard enough job we've all got. We all know what it's like now in football management.
"That part of the game will never change, but for me at the moment I'm just concentrating on the game against West Ham (on Monday night) and leaving all that aside."
"After what happened to me at Sunderland, it's similar to what Alan Pardew is going through now. I know how difficult the north-east is. I've been here for a couple of years. Hull gave me that chance to get back up and running again and for that I'll always be grateful.
"I've only been here a couple of years, and we've had a really good couple of years."
Newcastle United have sunk to the very bottom of the Premier League table after suffering a 4-0 defeat at Southampton.
The result piled even more pressure onto the manager, Alan Pardew, who signed an eight-year contract just under two years ago. He skipped the post-match press conference after the game at St Mary's.
Fans held up a banner reading 'Pardew Out' in the away section of the ground.
Francis Benali has completed a run, which began at St James' Park in Newcastle on 24th August.
The former Southampton footballer arrived at St Mary's in time for his club's match against Newcastle United, after completing his journey around all the Premier League grounds.
The relatives of MH17 victims Liam Sweeney and John Alder have told Sunderland fans that their response has been 'incredible'.
Lifelong Newcastle fan Barry Sweeney, whose son Liam was killed when his plane was shot down over Ukraine, said that it was a moment in 'Geordie Mackem history'.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has insisted he has no plans to sell the club until the end of next season at the earliest.
The sportswear magnate moved on Friday to dismiss speculation that he is ready to sell up in order to buy Scottish club Rangers, in which he already has a nine per cent stake.
A club statement said: "The truth is Mike Ashley remains committed to Newcastle United. For the avoidance of doubt, this means that for the remainder of this season and AT LEAST until the end of next season, Mike Ashley will not, under any circumstances, sell Newcastle United at any price."
Up to one million tickets for the Rugby World Cup 2015 will go on sale to the general public from today.
Three of the matches will be played at St James' Park in Newcastle.
South Africa will take on Scotland on Saturday October 3rd.
Samoa play Scotland on Saturday October 10th.
The final fixture is New Zealand versus Tonga is on Friday October 9th .
Tickets will be available until 29 September, 2014. They are priced in four categories for all matches, starting at £15 for adults. Child tickets, from £7, will be available for 41 matches.
Tickets will be sold online via the official Rugby World Cup 2015 website tickets.rugbyworldcup.com.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he would be against any plans to introduce a TV replay system into football.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced earlier this week that a TV referral system where coaches could challenge a referee's decision could be trialled as early as next year.
But Poyet argued that such a system would give "the top teams all the advantage".
Alan Pardew has dismissed reports that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is looking to sell the club.
Speculation has been mounting that the businessman is willing to listen to offers for Newcastle as he aims to increase his stake in Glasgow giants Rangers. But Pardew said Ashley remains committed to the Magpies.