Bobsleighing and dentistry don’t usually go together, but that is exactly what happened at Ormesby Primary School in Middlesborough.
Olympic and paralympic gold medalists are among those given awards in the New Year's Honours' List.
The 2013 New Year Honours list has been announced, including many from the North East and North Yorkshire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– Councillor John Kelly
"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."
Josef Craig, the Paralympic Champion and Young Sports Personality of the Year, has been in Jarrow today to unveil the newly-built Jarrow Community Pool.
He says that the pool will suit all abilities.
Teenage swimming star Josef Craig has officially opened the new Jarrow Community Pool today.
The new 4 million pound facility, which is attached to Jarrow School, was unveiled by the Paralympic champion at a ceremony this morning.
Josef Craig was then first to take a dip in the million pound pool.
The 15-year-old, who is originally from the North East, was recently honoured with an MBE and the Young Sports Personality of the Year award.