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.
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