Teenage Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig was welcomed back to his secondary school by hundreds of pupils waving Union Jack flags and chanting his name.
The 15-year-old swimmer returned to St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School for the first time since his record-breaking success.
Josef said: “I had no idea whatsoever that this many people would welcome me back.
“I knew my year group would get together at some point, but I did not expect this. It is fantastic.”
Josef shot to fame on September 6 when he won gold in the S7 400m freestyle event and set a new world record.
Kim Craig, Josef’s mum said: “Words cannot describe how happy I am with Josef.
"I wish there was a bigger word than pride. I am so overwhelmed with everything he has achieved.”
Headteacher of St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School, Frank O’Neill said: “This is just the start for Josef. We are sure he will continue with his success both in swimming and in his studies.
“We hope to put an honours board in place at the school as a mark of his success.”
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