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.
The gold-medal-winning Paralympian Josef Craig has returned home to his South Sheilds school to a hero's welcome
Paralympic athlete, Stephen Miller, has set himself a new challenge: to walk his bride down the aisle and lead her in their first dance.
Stephen hasn't been able to walk for around four years because of a serious hip injury.
However, after a successful operation his doctors said he should challenge himself to walk again - and what better reason to do it than for his wedding.
You can watch the full report from Julia Barthram below.
Paralympic gold medalist, Stephen Miller, has set himself a challenge: to walk his bride down the aisle and lead her in their first dance. The club thrower hasn't been able to walk for around four years because of a hip injury.
In October he had a hip replacement which has been so successful he's been able to walk again. He was desperately in need of the operation when he failed to qualify for the final round at London 2012. His recovery was expected to take a year or more but he has astounded his doctors.
He returned to competition a fortnight ago, just six months after the surgery. As well as his aim to return to full competition fitness he's spurred on by his wedding in August. He's already back on his feet and hopes to be able to dance and walk with his bride on the big day.
Athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers have been honoured in the North East Disability Sports Awards held in Durham.
The ceremony recognised the achievements of the region's Paralympians at London 2012.
You can watch the full report below.
Paralympic footage courtesy of Channel 4 in conjunction with the North East Disability Sports Awards.
A wheelchair basketball club that was set up on Teesside after the London Paralympics took place now has more players than ever.
Lee Fawcett is a retired Paralympian himself and founded the club in Middlesbrough for both disabled and non-disabled players.
2012 was a great year for disabled sport, with a huge boost from the Paralympics.
But there are local awards, which can be just as important in encouraging anyone with a disability to take up a sporting challenge.
You can watch the full report from Derek Proud below.
To find out more about how you can nominate someone for an awards, click here.
Paralympic gold medallist Josef Craig has described 2012 as "the best year of my life".
The 15-year-old swimmer, from South Shields, is among those recognised in the New Year Honours list. He has been awarded an MBE for services to Paralympic Sport.
He said: "I'm really proud of everything that's happened and I feel really honoured that I've been part of such a big part of the year.
"An MBE is one of the greatest honours a person can be bestowed on them. For me to be even considered to have one, I feel utterly privileged and honoured."
Craig hit the headlines in the summer when he won Paralympic gold and broke the world record in the Men's 400 freestyle event at London 2012.
A children's coaching session for the visually impaired is being held at Newcastle United's training ground today to mark the Paralympic football team's visit to the North East.
Players from Newcastle United's first team have also been down at the ground as well as their manager Alan Pardew.
Children from the region have had the chance today to kick a ball around with players from this year's Paralympic football team.
The event is being run by Newcastle-based charity Henshaws Society for Blind People.
The Paralympic football team, along with their head coach Tony Larking, are in the North East to take part in coaching sessions for the visually impaired that are being offered by Henshaws.