The Paralympic Flame will return to our region today. Torches have already been lit at the summits of the highest peaks in the UK's home nations. England's torch was lit on Scafell Pike in the Lake District earlier this week and then taken to London.
A splinter of the flame is being brought back to the North East today to take part in a special ceremony at Beamish Living Museum of the North in County Durham.
The sprinter from Sunderland won gold in Sydney, silver in Athens and bronze in Beijing - but in London, even her best was not enough.
A goalscorer from Redcar is in the wheelchair basketball quarter-final, while a Geordie dancer-turned-swimmer makes his final.