SWIMMING star Josef Craig continued his run of success after scooping two accolades at last night’s Gazette Sports Awards.
The Paralympic star was named Sportsman of the Year, and received the award for Contribution to Disability Sport at the presentation evening.
And to cap off a wonderful night for the Craig family, Josef’s parents Ken and Kim received the Editor’s Award for their work in supporting their son.
That was a joint award, with the other winner being former Gazette journalist Clive Crickmer, who championed both rugby and cricket in the region before passing away in 2011. A host of competitors from South Tyneside gathered at Jarrow School for the third annual event, which showcases and recognises sporting excellence over the last 12 months.
As well as Josef’s double award, fellow Paralympian Hazel Robson – who runs for Jarrow & Hebburn Athletics Club – was named Sportswoman of the Year.
Further success for South Tyneside Swimming Club, which Josef competes for, arrived with the Junior Team Award going to its youngsters.
Gazette editor Joy Yates, who presented the last two awards, praised the high standard of entries this year.
She said: “We had a fantastic evening at Jarrow School, who kindly sponsored the event.
“South Tyneside has a rich tradition of sporting excellence throughout the years, both on a local and national stage, and that shows no sign of slowing up.
“It’s been a fanastic last 12 months of sport, and once again athletes and competitors from the borough have played a leading role.
“While it’s been fantastic to recognise our high-profile sportsmen and women, these awards are also about rewarding some of the unsung heroes, whose dedication and hard work often passes without mention.”