SOUTH Tyneside swimming star Josef Craig has scooped another trophy to add to his growing collection of prizes.
Josef, who took gold and smashed the world record in the S7 400m Freestyle at the Paralympic Games last year, was crowned Young Male Achiever at the North East Disability Sports Awards.
Josef, who also received an MBE earlier this year for his exploits in the pool, already holds the crown for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2012, the Gazette’s Sports Personality of the year and the award for contribution to disabilty sport.
Josef said: “I’m overjoyed to win the award, as it shows that everybody still supports and recognises my achievements in 2012.
“To have people behind me and supporting me since then, I am overwhelmed. It just warms my heart to know I have many suppporters.”
David Marrin, assistant director at Tyne and Wear Sport, said: “These awards are a fantastic way to celebrate the successes of our disabled sports stars in the North East, particularly so soon after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The awards are also a great opportunity to acknowledge some of the excellent work that clubs, organisations and volunteers do in the region.”
The Durham-held event, which attracted more than 140 guests including three times Paralympic champ Stephen Miller, was aimed at recognising and celebrating the achievements of individuals, coaches and clubs across the region.
It was organised by the regional County Sports Partnerships, and supported by the English Federation of Disability Sport and sponsors D&P Trophies, Future Sport, House of Type, Metro Rod North East and Transforming Culture.