Craig is a former Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning gymnast who has represented England over 100 times in various international gymnastic competitions. He has been the English and British gymnastic champion as well as England captain on many occasions and has won 5 World and 5 European titles in his career.
Craig was born in Burnley and began as a gymnast when he was just nine years of age. Being a gymnast in an all-boys high school was not easy, however, Craig believes this helped him to find his own identity and made him into the person he is today.
In a career spanning 20 years and including both junior and senior British championship titles, Craig became the first person to captain England to team Gold at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games. Four years later in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, he secured Gold again. Despite breaking his hand in two places seven weeks prior, Craig fulfilled his childhood dream of competing at the Olympic Games, achieving a PB in the All-Round final of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Since 2007, Craig has worked on numerous projects for the Youth Sports Trust, and also works with the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust. Since retiring from Gymnastics in 2002, Craig has set up his own company called Olym-Fit UK, which aims to inspire young people to lead more active and healthier lives. Still actively involved in gymnastics, he is High-Performance men’s coach at the City of Newcastle Gymnastics Academy.
Craig has the ability to engage and motivate pupils to make every child want to participate. His great sense of humour and lively personality coupled with his astonishing skills captivated both pupils and teachers alike. He has a very down to earth approach and by telling pupils how he developed his skills and progressed from club work to national and international competition he presents pupils with not only a model of success but with a pathway to follow from school to club-link and beyond. The experience of seeing and touching a gold medal was a memorable moment for all.
“Craig presented at the Lincolnshire Sport and Physical Activity Awards 2019. Craig held the attention of the audience for the whole evening with his thoughtful and engaging questions to our winners and fantastic off the cuff raffle, he really made the night a celebration of Sport and Physical Activity in Lincolnshire. He was able to mix the serious and inspirational stories of the night with his electric and funny personality to provide the audience with a truly entertaining and memorable evening. Craig was also fantastic in the build up to the evening arriving early and thoroughly preparing for each award with information about each winner. Overall a very professional speaker who we would highly recommend.”
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