Athletes across the region are preparing for the Special Olympics national games next week.
The competition is being held in Bath, and thousands of people with learning disabilities will take part.
Those who do well will qualify for the World Special Olympics in Los Angeles in 2015.
Frances Read's full report is below.
The Dumfries and Galloway team have been training for months, and the athletes are now ready for action:
Sandra Proudfoot is the head of delegation for the Dumfries and Galloway team, and she is confident that her team can pick up medals:
Dame Kelly Holmes is one of our most successful and best loved Olympic athletes. For the past year, the gold medalist has been helping to coach sport students at Gateshead College.
It has been a life changing experience for the young people, who have received a crash course in life at the very top of their field.
Today, at the end of the programme, they have been taking stock of their new skills.
Watch Helen Ford's report here:
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.
Students from Gateshead have been getting the chance to have a workshop with legendary olympian Dame Kelly Holmes.
The double gold medalist visited Gateshead College this morning to promote sporting excellence across the region.
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.
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.
Hundreds of schoolchildren from across Tyne and Wear are taking part in the final of a sports extravaganza.
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.
The Government hopes that through events like the School Games there will be a continued sporting legacy from the London 2012 Games.