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Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes back in region

Dame Kelly Holmes visits students at Gateshead College Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Double Olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes has been back in the region, passing on tips to aspiring athletes.

The former 800 and 1500 metres star was working with students at Gateshead College.

It is the final visit for Dame Kelly and a team of experts after overseeing a year-long programme to help young people achieve their dreams through physical and mental preparation.

Dame Kelly Holmes visits Gateshead College

Students from Gateshead have been getting the chance to have a workshop with legendary olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.

Dame Kelly Holmes has forged a partnership with the North East college Credit: Dominic Lipinski/Press Association Images

The double gold medalist visited Gateshead College this morning to promote sporting excellence across the region.


Team GB athlete visits Gateshead school

Perri Shakes-Drayton competes in the Women's 400m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympic Games Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Olympian Perri Shakes-Drayton is in the North East today to visit students at Whickham School in Gateshead.

The 400 metres hurdles champion recently won double gold at the European Athletics Indoors event in Sweden earlier this month.

Perri Shakes-Drayton celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 4x400metres relay at the European Indoor Championships Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Team GB athlete will take part in a question and answer session ahead of the European Team Championships - for which the Gateshead students are producing the official newspaper of the event on 22 and 23 June.

School Games final continues region's olympic legacy

Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Tyne and Wear are taking part in the final of a sports extravaganza.

The Games hopes to continue the sporting legacy of the London 2012 Olympics Credit: ITV News

Pupils from forty schools are competing to win their own medals in netball, hockey, rugby union, football and golf as the School Games final draws to a close.

Pupils are getting the chance to take part in five different sports Credit: ITV News

The Government hopes that through events like the School Games there will be a continued sporting legacy from the London 2012 Games.

Olympians join Pam and Ian in the studio to launch Kielder Marathon

Olympians Steve Cram and Daley Thompson joined Pam and Ian in the studio to launch the fourth year of the Kielder Marathon.

The marathon has been expanded and will now encompass other events like different running and biking races - so that everyone can get involved.

Watch what happened when they popped in to visit below.

To find out how you can register for this year's Kielder Marathon, or for any of the events on offer, click here.

"We've tried to create a whole weekend of activities and events"

Olympic stars Steve Cram and Daley Thompson have launched this year's Kielder Marathon in the North East.

The event takes place in October and is in its fourth year, now attracting an international following.

Organisers claim that the Kielder Marathon is one of the most scenic events in the sporting calendar, and with several different running and biking races organised to take place over two days, there is something for everyone to take part in.

Olympian and event organiser Steve Cram spoke to ITV News about what those taking part could expect from this year's event.


Olympians launch Kielder Marathon

Olympic gold medalist Steve Cram is launching the fourth Kielder Marathon in the region today.

The sports star will be joined by Olympic decathalon gold medal holder Daley Thompson.

Olympic decathalon gold medal holder Daley Thompson Credit: ITV News

The weekend of events set to take place at Kielder Water will be held in October and will also include a 10 kilometre run, bike races and junior races.

Torchbearer has wheelchair stolen in Newcastle

A teenager who carried the Olympic Torch and lit the cauldron on Tyneside ahead of the London 2012 games has had his wheelchair stolen.

15-year-old William Hardy from Newcastle William lost his legs to meningitis as a toddler and was the last torchbearer to carry the Olympic flame on its journey through the region.

William's wheelchair was taken from outside of a house in Jesmond at the weekend.

Aerobics event to boost fitness and continue Olympic legacy

People of all ages are being invited to flex their muscles at an aerobathon in Sunderland as part of a series of events to boost fitness and build on the legacy of the London Olympics.

A programme of events is being delivered by Sunderland City Council's Sport and Leisure department.

The first of these, the BIG Aerobathon, takes place on February 20 at Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre in the city, with workouts for families, children and young people.

The main session for anyone aged over 14 will take place from 6pm to 9pm and includes five 30-minute workouts - aerobics, Zumba, hula fitness, dance aerobics and pilates/stretch - with experienced fitness instructors.

Participants can take part in as many as they want for £6.

"Building on the successes of the Sunderland in 2012 programme, this event promises to be bigger and better.

It aims to attract people of all ages and abilities to take part in fun physical activity that will inspire them to continue to exercise on a regular basis."

– Councillor John Kelly
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