Craig was born into the family business of dairy farming in Burnley, Lancashire. He started gymnastics at the age of 9 after being dragged along to the local sports centre to watch his sister. Life was pretty good until he moved to High school and being a gymnast in an all-boys school was not easy, however Craig believes this helped him to find his own identity and made him into the person he is today. Its ok to be different!
At the age of 21 he decided to leave his family and friends behind to take up full time training with the British gymnastic team at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Life was not always easy and success did not happen straight away. Craig was reserve for both the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1996 Olympic Games but believe this setback made him more determined than ever to reach his dreams of one day competing at an Olympic Games.
In a career spanning 20 years, Craig has won 14 British championship titles, competed in 5 European and 5 World championships. In 1998 he became the first person in history to captain England to team Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur. Four years later in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, he captained England again to Gold. Despite breaking his hand in two places seven weeks prior, Craig fulfilled his childhood dream of competing at the Olympic Games, achieving a Personal Best in the All Around final of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Craig was the only male gymnast to be selected to represent Great Britain at these Olympic Games. In the same year winning BBC Sports Personality “Team of the Year” award (British Olympic & Paralympic Teams)
Life after Sport:
Since retiring from Gymnastics in 2002, Craig set up his own company which aims to help people reach their goals and dreams and achieve their own "PB" Personal Best. Still involved with gymnastics, Craig is a qualified High Performance men’s gymnastics coach. No stranger to television and radio, Craig has appeared as a ‘‘Mystery Guest’’ on the BBC’s ‘‘They Think It’s All Over’’, performed back flips for Kylie Minogue and most recently has commentated on gymnastics for BBC radio 5Live and BBC Sport covering World championships, Commonwealth and the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Craig's biggest breakthrough in television was being a Judge on BBC One's Saturday night Gymnastics entertainment show "TUMBLE" in the summer of 2014
Inspire a generation:
Craig is committed to inspire and work with the next generation and works as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust, Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, Sporting Champions, SportMakers Ambassador, Creating Excellence,Inspired Exchange, Keynote Educational,Raise the Bar, 21st Century Legacy, and Street Games.
If you are looking for an energetic, inspiring speaker with lots of entertaining stories and some great key messages then Craig is the man for you.