By Jennifer Tatters and Sam Bell

Seventeen-year-old Paralympian Josef Craig is hopeful that he can put in “the best performances of his life” in the trials for the Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven later this year.

Josef has recently completed a big move from South Tyneside Swimming Club to Sunderland Swimming Club and has settled in well.

Josef Craig“A change in programmes is always difficult,” said Craig.

“But Sunderland is a top programme and it’s been worthwhile as I have already noticed improvements in my swimming.”

Craig had been at previous club South Tyneside for nine and a half years, in which time he accomplished a great deal. He took a gold medal in the 2012 Paralympic games and two more gold medals and a silver medal at the World Championships in Montreal.

He specialises in the 400-metre freestyle, and has indicated that he is keen to get his overall time down, with the help of Sunderland coach Danny Thompson, who he has a good relationship with.

“Danny’s a great coach, he’s on the same wavelength as me, he knows what I want from my training, he knows what he wants to provide and what I can provide as an athlete. If I give 100% he’ll give me 100% and that’s the way it should be.”

Craig is as determined as ever for the trials for the European Championships in April and feels that Sunderland is the right place to train.

“Training here and always moving forward will help me to put in the best performances of my life in Eindhoven. Don’t stop working and just keep improving from there.”



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