The National Dwarf Games got under way today at Wolverhampton's Aldersley Leisure Village.
Thousands of bargain-hunting Olympics fans scrambled for items at a London 2012 sale billed as the "last chance" to own part of the Games.
A Paralympic champion from Nottinghamshire is now the patron of a cancer charity after one of his closest friends died from the disease.
Marathon runner turned sprinter Richard Whitehead will receive honours from at Buckingham Palace today for his services to athletics.
Unable to compete in the London 2012 Olympics as there was no category for leg amputees, Whitehead turned to sprinting to compete in the Paralympics.
The athlete won a gold medal in the 200m with a world record time of 24.38 seconds.
Paralympic gold medalist, Ollie Hynd, will collect his MBE today.
He made the New Year's Honours List after his performance at London 2012.
Like his brother Sam, Ollie has muscular dystrophy. Ollie lives in Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.
A pink javelin signed by Jessica Ennis, a large London2012 Royal Mail stamp autographed by Mo Farah and a Mary Poppins costume from the Olympic opening ceremony are going under the hammer today at an auction in Coventry.
London 2012 chairman Lord Coe described it as a chance for people "to own a unique piece of the Games".
A paralympic champion from Nottingham has been fitted with a groundbreaking eye implant to help restore his sight.
Tim Reddish had a ten-hour operation as part of a clinical trial to be fitted with a micro-electronic chip on his retina. He says he can see more already.
Louis Smith hinted it could be some time before he returns to competitive gymnastics after receiving his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace today.
The 23-year-old won team bronze and pommel horse silver at the 2012 Olympic Games.
However, Smith does not appear to be in any rush to return to the gym full-time and win more accolades.
He wants to concentrate on visiting schools to encourage children to get involved in the sport.
He said: "As athletes, we have a big responsibility to keep the legacy (of the London Olympics) going. I'm starting to take a step back from the entertainment side and move into charity and school work."
He revealed the Queen said: "Here's another one to add to your collection," when presenting him with his honours award.
Louis Smith has tweeted this photo of himself "chilling" with his MBE:
Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has tweeted about being awarded with an MBE this afternoon.
Chilling with my MBE on the palace steps think its frozen to my hand lol. Thanks for all your messages xx http://t.co/twyQhe6h
The Olympic gymnast Louis Smith has received his Member of the British Empire (MBE) medal in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.