European Athletics Champion Steve Cram, and World and European Athletics Champion Kriss Akabusi, have been speaking to us about their hopes for this weekend's games in Gateshead.
The European Championships are taking place this weekend in Gateshead.
ITV News has been speaking to the athletes today ahead of the games to find out how much they are looking forward to getting started.
Find out what the captain of Team GB, Perri Shakes-Drayton, and Dai Greene were thinking below.
Some of the world's finest athletes have been arriving on Tyneside today ahead of this weekend's European Team Championships.
The competition takes place at Gateshead international Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
The official opening of the games and the accompanying celebrations are taking place throughout the day.
Dame Kelly Holmes is at Gateshead College today marking the first session of the college's partnership with Kelly Holmes Education. The programme offers students the opportunity to be coached and mentored by some of the country's top sporting talent.
Olympic long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford was on Tyneside today (Tuesday) to train young athletes on a pop-up running track which was laid in a busy shopping mall.
He will also be competing in the Great North City Games on the Quayside next month where the British will take on the USA.
Greg took a training session at the Eldon Square shopping centre as part of the launch event.
He won gold at London 2012 long jump and says now it's his turn to inspire others.
Greg Rutherford shared his tips with promising young local athletes, putting them through their paces on a pop-up track in Eldon Square shopping centre in Newcastle.
Now entering its fifth year, the Great North CityGames has become an established part of the region's sports calendar.
Staged the day before the Bupa Great North Run, the event hosts athletes from Great Britain & Northern Ireland competing with their rivals from the USA.
Last year crowds reached an estimated 15,000.
The free event gives crowds the opportunity to see performances from some of the most recognisable names in international sport.
Next event: *7th August 2012. *