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.
There is much to remember and because of that, so much that no doubt will be forgotten about the unique and game changing sporting year.
One of Britain's Olympic gold medallists has been in County Durham giving coaching sessions in Taekwondo.
More than 160 students - both adults and children - were given the opportunity to take part in a masterclass from Jade Jones at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.
The gold medallist from Wales made the trip to Spennymoor as part of a tour she is doing around the country, giving seminars to eager Taekwondo students nation-wide.
The trip to the Spennymoor Club is also a special one as it is the former home of Jamie Abley, Jade Jones' sparring partner during the London 2012 Olympics, who is from Spennymoor and looks to be headed towards the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
Preston Park Museum in Stockton has bagged its own piece of the 2012 Olympics - in the form of eighty Victorian costumes from the Olympic opening ceremony.
LOCOG, the organising committee for the Olympics, gave local authorities around the country the chance to get hold of some of the pieces used in the show.
Authorities could then apply for the costumes, and Stockton was one of the lucky chosen few.
The staff at Preston park believe that the costumes will add a greater sense of realism to its popular outdoor Victorian street.
The 2012 Olympics spurred on more people than ever to get active - but it's legacy isn't just about sporting greatness.
Preston Park in Stockton was recently given eighty costumes worn by actors in the Olympic opening ceremony, which it has been putting to good use to help bring it's Victorian street to life.
– Mica McNeill, the junior British bobsleigh competitor from Blackhill
"I'm really looking forward to getting to Canada and competing in the America Cup race, and another America Cup race in Park City in Utah. My main focus for this season is the Junior World Championships."
"The championships are a chance to prove my worth, and an opportunity to really show why I have earned a place in Great Britain team."