THERE is just no stopping our very own golden boy Josef Craig as he celebrates yet another win.
However, this time it’s not in the pool but in the world of education.
It has been a busy year for Josef ever since he won Paralympic gold in the S7 400m freestyle event, in London.
And on Tuesday, he returned back to Newcastle to a hero’s welcome after powering his way through the pool to pick up two gold and a silver medal in the IPC World Swimming Championships. But yesterday, the 16-year-old, who is the current S7 400m freestyle world record holder, joined thousands of pupils across South Tyneside to make the nerve-wracking journey to school to collect his GCSE results.
Accompanied by his mam Kim, the teen from Swinbourne Terrace, Jarrow, opened the envelope containing his results to discover he had passed all six subjects achieving As in Sports Studies and Religious Education, Bs in English and History and Cs in Maths and Science.
They were results Josef, who suffers from cerebral palsy, had not been expecting, as he feared his training had impacted on his studies.
Josef, said: “I am over the moon.”
He jokingly added: “I never expected to get As and Bs in stuff as I’m too stupid for that. But I’m not going to argue.”
Josef is now planning to go on to study sports studies at St Joseph’s sixth form.
He said: “The doors are open for me and I’ll just see where life takes me. I’ll just be looking to focus on sixth form and my swimming.”
Josef’s head of year Paula Young said: “I am really pleased with Josef’s achievements. His results really are a testament to the work he has put in and the support his mam and dad, and his teachers have given him - especially Steph Burdess who has been with him all the way through and who has been a mentor to him and helped to keep him up to date with his work.
“But the main thing is that Josef has done incredibly well.”
Josef’s mam Kim said: “I am just absolutely thrilled. I’m just speechless.
“It has been such a busy few years for Josef and while I always knew he would pass his exams as he is really intelligent, I was a little bit worried as his swimming has taken up so much of his time.
“But when he told me what he had achieved, it was such a fantastic feeling. I really couldn’t be more proud of him if I tried.
“I would also like to thank the staff at St Joseph’s for all their support over these last few years.”