Gold medal winner Josef Craig meets Para-swimming stars of the future

London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, Josef Craig meets children with Hemiplegia at the Aquatic Centre.
London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner, Josef Craig meets children with Hemiplegia at the Aquatic Centre.
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PARALYMPIAN Josef Craig welcomed the next generation of swimmers to a coaching session as he met youngsters who share his disability.

Families from across the North East visited Sunderland’s Aquatic Centre to meet the 17-year-old MBE holder, from Jarrow, and 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner.

The session was set up by Hemihelp, which supports youngsters with hemiplegia, a form of cerebral palsy Josef has.

The neurological condition affects one child in 1,000 and causes effects similar to a stroke. Fliss Nott, the charity’s regional co-ordinator, said: “Josef is a great role model. He’s proven that you can overcome challenges to achieve so much.

“The families were excited to see Josef train in the pool and afterwards he showed them his London 2012 Paralympic gold medal and chatted to them about how he became a champion.”

Josef, who trains with Sunderland Swimming Club, said: “I like to chat to the kids.”

More information on the charity can be found via www.hemihelp.org.uk