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Jarrow teenager, Josef Craig, wins Young Sports Personality of the Year

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"I always thought he was going to win"

South Tyneside swimming sensation Josef Craig has capped an incredible year by being named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year.

The 15-year-old from Jarrow, who smashed the world record and became the youngest swimming gold medalist of the Paralympic Games, was given the honour last night at a star-studded ceremony in London.

Josef is already a hero back at his school, where he was given an incredible reception after winning Gold.

Both staff and pupils there say that he is an inspiration to them.


Josef Craig "shocked" by Young Sports Personality of the Year win

Josef Craig picks up prestigious award Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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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