DELIGHTED mum Kim Craig, who cheered her son on from the poolside, today spoke of her pride at her 15-year-old son Josef’s Paralympic gold medal.
She said: “When he broke the world record in the morning, we were all surprised as we hadn’t even given it a thought about whether he would get a medal.
“We just wanted him to go, get the experience and enjoy it.
“Then when he did break the world record we thought you know he’s in with a chance of a medal – but we never imagined gold as we weren’t sure if he would have anything left as we knew everyone of those swimmers would step up their game.
“We were willing him on and then when he came through it was disbelief – I just can’t describe how I was feeling.
“We had to wait two hours before I got to see him for two minutes. He just had the biggest smile on his face – he just looked so pleased.
“He never shouts about what he can do, but he done what he set out to do.
“All of his hard work and determination, it all just proves to everyone that hard work does pay off.
“The support he has received, I’m just so proud to have such a great family. They have all got behind him, Cancer Connections and everything.
“It was a great feeling to know I was watching him but knowing everyone was back home watching him together.
“I am so, so proud of Josef.”