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 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.  Working and training up to 16.5 hours a day did not do great things for his gymnastic career and at the age of 21 he decided to leave his family and friends behind to take up centralised training with the British team at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Life was not always easy and success did not happen straight away: Craig was a reserve for both the 1994 Commonwealth games and the 1996 Olympics but believe this setback made him more determined than ever to achieve his dreams of competing at an Olympic Games.

In a career spanning 20 years, Craig has won 14 British championship titles, competed in five European and five World championships and in 1998 he became the first person in history to captain England to team Gold at the 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 Personal Best in the All Round final of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Since retiring from Gymnastics in 2002, Craig has set up his own company which is all about people reaching their Goals and Dreams and achieving their Personal Best.

No stranger to television, Craig has appeared as a ‘‘Mystery Guest’’ on the BBC’s ‘‘They Think Its All Over’’, performed back flips for Kylie Minogue, and has commentated on gymnastics for BBC 5Live and BBC Sport at the last two Olympic Games.

Giving Back

Craig joined the Trust when it first started and has been involved in working with young people most of his life. He is now a patron of several charities and also a trustee of Tyne & Wear sport.
Over the years he has been committed to inspire and work with the next generation and has worked as an athlete mentor for the Youth Sport Trust, Sporting Champions, Sportmakers, Creating Excellence, Keynote, 21st Century Legacy as well as the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust.

Competitive Record

2002 Commonwealth Games Team Gold
2000 Sydney Olympics
1998 Commonwealth Games Team Gold
14 x British titles
5x European & World Champs attended