Cheers for the North East's medallists

How can we make the Olympic legacy last?

Team GB's record medal haul is already encouraging people in the North East to take up new sports, but the real test of legacy comes later.

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Olympic torchbearer delighted at A Level results

Jamie Green
Jamie Green carried the Olympic torch in North Yorkshire earlier this year. Credit: ITV

A teenage boy who carried the Olympic Flame a few days before he took his A-level exams said he was thrilled to receive three A* grades and two As.

18-year-old Jamie Green from North Yorkshire, said he was finding it hard to decide which he was happier about - being an Olympic torchbearer for Scarborough in June, or discovering he had achieved some of the highest A-level results in Yorkshire.

Jamie said: "I had the torch-carrying event on the Monday, then I had my French exam and English exam later that week...

"Both are absolutely brilliant but for different reasons. The torch was a once-in-a-lifetime experience but these results will set me up for the rest of my life."

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Olympian Matt Wells brings Team GB rowers home to Hexham

Matt Wells
Rower Matt Wells took bronze in Beijing and came fifth in London 2012 Credit: ITV

Ten Olympic rowers, including the gold medallists Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking, will compete in a charity regatta in Hexham on Saturday. The fun day is being organised by one of their GB teammates, Matt Wells. The money raised will go towards his foundation, set up to help talented young rowers.

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