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.
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