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Champ Josef gives healthy eating advice

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ... Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig with Valley View Primary School pupils Nathan Watling, Danielle Welsh, Lily Chesson and Jake Roberts.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ... Paralympic swimmer Josef Craig with Valley View Primary School pupils Nathan Watling, Danielle Welsh, Lily Chesson and Jake Roberts.

SWIMMING champion Josef Craig shared his secrets of success when he went back to primary school to meet pupils.

The 17-year-old Paralympic S7 400m freestyle champion and world record holder visited Valley View Primary School, in Jarrow, as part of its Fighting Fit project.

As well as promoting the importance of healthy eating, Josef, from Swinbourne Terrace, Jarrow, answered questions from youngsters about his sporting successes.

He also took time out to sign autographs, pose for pictures with the Year One and Two pupils and show them his Paralympic gold medal.

Year Two teacher Angela Lyons said: “Through Fighting Fit, we are trying to encourage healthier lifestyles. We are also taking part in the Big Pedal and the Sport Relief mile events.

“Josef was really good with the children and he is inspiring.

“We have some pupils at the school who have disabilities, and when we watched footage from the Paralympic Games, it really made them feel as though they could achieve big things.

“We want our pupils to have aspirations, and Josef is a great role model.”

Prior to his visit, pupils had learned how Josef had overcome his own disability to win his medals at the Paralympics and World Championships.

Josef, who has cerebral palsy, won a gold medal and set a world record in the men’s 400-metre freestyle at the Paralympic Games, in London 2012.

He also gained two golds and a silver at the World Championships, in Montreal, last year.

Josef said: “It was a brilliant afternoon, the pupils were all enthusiastic and had plenty of questions to ask.

“It was great to have been given the opportunity to go into the school, and hopefully the session has inspired some of them to follow their dreams.”

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