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Celebrating Success

Some of the children in Dragon class with medals and certificates from a recent sports event.

Matt Wylie, MBE

Matt Wylie cemented his position on the British team in 2016 after becoming Paralympic, European and British Champion in his favoured event, the 50m Freestyle, all in the same season.


A debut Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro proved highly successful as Wylie touched first to secure gold in the Men's S9 50m Freestyle.


Earlier in the year Wylie topped the podium at his second European Championships and claimed his first continental title also in the Men's S9 50m Freestyle.


Wylie is an emerging talent on the British Para-Swimming team, new to the podium programme for 2015 following a key performances in 2014 that raised his profile.


The City of Sunderland based swimmer who trains alongside fellow team member Josef Craig holds four British records in the S9 classification including the 50m and 100m Freestyle.


In 2014 he was part of the British contingent that competed at the IPC European Championships in Eindhoven. Wylie secured himself two final berths in the S9 400m Freestyle and 50m Freestyle, finishing fourth and eighth respectively.

Josef Craig, MBE

Josef Craig MBE broke into the scene by breaking the world record in the 400m Freestyle and winning the gold medal at his first Paralympic Games in London and has continued to be a strong figure on the British Para-Swimming Team since. 


Craig returned to the podium at his second Paralympic Games in Rio as he took bronze in the Men's S8 100m Freestyle. Earlier in 2016 Craig picked up a silver at the IPC European Championships in the Men's S8 400m Freestyle.


Despite a reclassification from S7 to S8, Craig made an instant impact at his debut European Championships in Eindhoven 2014, coming away with a haul of three bronze medals in the S8 100m, 400m Freestyle and the 34pt 4x100m Freestyle relay.


There was strong and continued improvement in 2013, Craig won the MC 100m and 400m Freestyle titles at both the British Para-Swimming International Meet and British Championships. He then went on to repeat the feat at the World Champs in Montreal, winning gold in S7 both events and a further silver S7 50m Freestyle.


In 2012, at just the age of 15 years old Josef Craig smashed the World in both the heat and final of the S7 400m Freestyle and in the process became Great Britain's youngest gold medallist at London 2012; an achievement which led to him being named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2012.

Both Josef and Matt agreed that being involved as a range of sports and having access to sport is paramount, however having fun, learning something and the love for sport is extremely important and has proven very successful for them.


They also explained how important game play and competition is in sport.