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Josef Craig

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age nine.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Ken Nesworthy. (bbc.co.uk, 14 Aug 2014; swimming.org, 2013)
Hero / Idol
US boxer Muhammed Ali, English football player Alan Shearer. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2015)
Injuries
A shoulder injury prevented him from competing at the 2015 British Championships in Manchester, England. (sportsbyte.sunderland.ac.uk, 11 Dec 2015)

He missed eight weeks of action in 2013 after he was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a thyroid condition that caused significant weight loss. (paralympic.org, 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Keep focused and work hard, even when it hurts." (swimming.org, 2013)
Awards and honours
He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2013 New Year Honours list. (paralympic.org, 2013)

He was named the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2012. (bbc.co.uk, 16 Dec 2012)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (shieldsgazette.com, 15 Nov 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive swimming in October 2018 with the intention of becoming a coach. "It's time for a new challenge." (bbc.co.uk, 18 Oct 2018)

CLASSIFICATION SWITCH
In April 2014 he was reclassified and moved from the S7 class to the S8 class. He had competed in S7 class since 2009 and initially found the change difficult. "One minute you're a world champion, a Paralympic champion with world records to your name, the next you're barely making finals, barely making European teams when you've been to the Paras and the worlds." (bbc.co.uk, 14 Aug 2014)

YOUNGEST
At age 15 he was Great Britain's youngest athlete to win a medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (itv.com, 17 Aug 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-03 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-03 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-04 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2012-09-04 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-06 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-12 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2013-08-14 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S7 Heat 2 2013-08-16 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 9999
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-08 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-11 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-16 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2