PICTURE SPECIAL: Swimming champ Josef is in the frame

SUPER swimmer Josef Craig is in the frame as a local hero at a new exhibition in South Tyneside.

The amazing sporting achievements of the young swimming champion are showcased in a display at Bede’s World in Jarrow.

LOCAL HERO ... Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig at the Bede's World exhibition with mum Kim and dad Ken.

LOCAL HERO ... Paralympic swimming champion Josef Craig at the Bede's World exhibition with mum Kim and dad Ken.

Called Josef Craig – Local Hero, the exhibition includes items marking his triple achievement of winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, creating a world record time in the men’s 400m freestyle and being Britain’s youngest 2012 gold medal winner at just 15.

Items on display include medals and the swimmer’s tracksuit.

A museum spokesman said: “Bede’s World is honoured to be hosting an exhibition of the work and achievements of Josef Craig.

“All of the material in this exhibition has been loaned to us from his family, and the story has been created by his mum, Kim, his family and friends.

“Bede’s World’s summer programme is about treasures coming back to South Tyneside and we are emphasising that, like Bede before him, Josef is a son of South Tyneside who has reached the international stage and does exciting work.”

The exhibition also highlights other achievements by the swimmer, including being named BBC young sports personality of the year in 2012, plus his MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours.

The display also features a model of the Royal Mail gold box unveiled in his honour in his home town of Jarrow. It will be used by the museum to collect nominations for other local heroes.

Josef’s life as a charity champion is featured too.

Bede’s World will also be the venue for a lecture by Josef, now 17, about his sporting life within the next few months.

Susan Wear, director of corporate affairs at Port of Tyne, a sponsor of the exhibition, said: “We are delighted to support our neighbour Bede’s World to help bring an exciting programme of events and exhibitions for local people to enjoy, some of which will also bring national attention to the museum. We are looking forward to seeing Josef’s exhibition, celebrating his amazing achievements, and to the forthcoming exhibition of the world-famous manuscript, the Codex Amiatinus, celebrating the achievements of the local community of over 1,000 years ago.”

Josef Craig – Local Hero is open at Bede’s World until June 29.

Call 489 2106 or click on www.bedesworld.co.uk for more information.

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