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Paralympics: who to follow from the North East

Wheelchair racer Jade Jones trains for the Paralympics Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

It all began in a British hospital in the 1940s and after more than 60 years, the Paralympics is finally coming back home.

In 10 days time, the most popular Paralympics of all time will begin; at the time of writing, more than 2m tickets have been sold.

So, if you are feeling ready to do London 2012 all over again, here are 5 athletes from the North East who are worth watching:

Stephen Miller, Cramlington

He won gold in Atlanta, Sydney and Athens - and then silver in Beijing. Stephen Miller wants his title back in London as the Paralympic champion in club throwing. It will be hard. He has injured his hip and he is getting older. But he has form at bringing out enormous throws, just when you least expect it.

Jade Jones, Middlesbrough

The 16-year-old wheelchair sprinter is number 4 or 5 in the world in most of her events, and is getting faster all the time. She has been coached by Baroness Grey-Thompson and her husband, so nothing has been overlooked. Wheelchair sprinters tend to get much faster with age, so Rio 2016 is a more realistic chance to medal. But you never know.

Hazel Robson, Sunderland

The Wearside 100m sprinter has a gold, silver and bronze to her name. She is 33 going into this race, but says that this year she has achieved a personal best. Has medalled at every Games she's been to, so she has the know-how to do it again.

John Robertson, Sunderland

The Sonar sailor has been steadily rising up the rankings in major competitions, taking bronze this year in the World Championships. Although his team has finished sixth in two previous Paralympics, there is reason to hope for a medal: he's been practising down in Weymouth and has home advantage.

Josef Craig, South Tyneside

Another young starter like Jade Jones, the swimmer Josef Craig was a surprise call-up for London 2012. He would do well to medal this time around. Coaches say he has a 'good engine' on him, which is code for 'he'll do better at longer distances'. Craig has beat Grave's Disease in little under a year, yet more proof of his desire to compete. One to watch for the future.