Josef Craig said 'Big thanks to everyone who was involved in helping me to get the gold. It was a big shock - I didn't expect it.' The 15-year-old went onto thank his parents and friends.
The 400m freestyle swimmer from South Tyneside was the youngest British athlete to win gold in the Paralympics.
Jarrow teenager Josef Craig has won the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year.
He became Britain's youngest gold medalist at the 2012 Paralympics when he won the S7 400m freestyle final.
The 15-year-old was voted by a panel of judges at the ceremony in London on Sunday evening.
The swimmer from South Tyneside became GB's youngest medallist at London 2012 and broke two world records in the 400m freestyle at the Paralympic Games. Now he says he cannot wait to come home to the North East.
Ken and Kim Craig, from Jarrow, describe their pride at watching 15 year old Josef become Britain's youngest gold medal winner at Paralympics 2012.
A 15 year old from South Tyneside is now the youngest ever Paralympic athlete to win a gold medal. Josef Craig, won the men's 400 metre freestyle S7 and set a new world record by swimming the race in 4:42.81.
Swimmer Josef Craig, from South Tyneside, just missed out on a Paralympic medal, finishing fourth in his 100m freestyle race.
Craig, who has cerebral palsy and beat Grave's disease last year, was a surprise call-up for these Games as he is only 16 years old.