Craig leads world athletes at Games

Craig at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Sainsburys.
Craig at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games - IAAF Diamond League 2013. Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Sainsburys.

A Blyth man played a leading role in the celebrations to mark one year since the opening of the London 2012 Olympics at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

Craig Stewart, 24, of Chase Meadows, paraded the world’s finest disability sprinters, including double world champion Kenny Van Weeghel, into the Olympic Stadium for the T54 200m men’s final.

Craig, a checkout team leader at Sainsbury’s in Ponteland, performed his role in front of 65,000 people in London and is adamant he won’t forget the experience.

“I was really excited about doing it and it was a great opportunity for me,” said Craig.

“I was nominated for doing lots of store roles such as being the colleague counsel, and regional colleague counsel.

“It was great to have all the guys behind me in the stadium.”

Craig was one of almost 60 Sainsbury’s colleagues from across the UK to have led out an event across the three days of the Anniversary Games.

He added: “I saw the Olympics and Paralympics last year and it was amazing. To be in the Olympic Stadium was amazing, and a great chance to see some Paralympic sport.”

The Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games is the final event in the Sainsbury’s Summer Series.

For more information on Sainsbury’s support of world class athletics and disability sport go to www.sainsburys-live-well-for-less.co.uk/occasions/anniversary-games/