New Year's Honours

New Year Honours for Olympians

Olympic and paralympic gold medalists are among those given awards in the New Year's Honours' List.

New Year Honours announced

New Year Honours announced

The 2013 New Year Honours list has been announced, including many from the North East and North Yorkshire.

Swimmer Josef Craig back at school

The gold-medal-winning Paralympian Josef Craig has returned home to his South Sheilds school to a hero's welcome

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Paralympian honoured with Freedom of Gateshead

Paralympian Stephen Miller will be made an Honorary Freeman of Gateshead in a special ceremony.

The athlete from Cramlington has won five medals after competing in five Paralympics, making him one of the country's most successful athletes.

Gateshead Council said he has been "inspirational" and the honour was greatly deserved.

Paralympian Stephen Miller Credit: PA

Cramlington Paralympian picked for World Championships

Three time paralympic gold medallist Stephen Miller has been selected to represent GB at the World Championships next month.

Stephen Miller will compete at the World Championships next month Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The club thrower from Cramlington had a disappointing Paralympics last year, but has since been throwing his furthest in training in more than three years.

It is hoped a hip operation he had after London 2012 could help him get back to his best in Lyon.

Click here for the full squad for this year's games.

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Full Report: Paralympian vows to walk down the aisle

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.

Paralympian's new challenge: To walk down the aisle

Stephen Miller is able to walk again for the first time in four years Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Stephen Miller is back in training after a hip operation Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

Miller has astounded doctors by returning to competition just six months after surgery Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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.

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Paralympic hero "honoured" by MBE award

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.

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