There are more the 4,500 competitors from 72 nations and territories at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
Team England will once again be one of the strongest teams, with more than 50 sports stars from the North West hoping for success at a home Games.
Here's some of our region's ones to watch.
The North West medallists:
GOLD (10 medals, nine events)
Georgia Taylor-Brown - mixed relay Triathlon
Laura Kenny - Scratch race
Sarah Davies - 71kg weightlifting
Katarina Johnson-Thompson - women's heptathlon
Hannah Crockcroft - women's Para 100m (T33/34)
Jamell Anderson - men's 3x3 basketball
Anthony Harding - men's 3m Synchro
Jack Hunter Spivey - men's classes 3-5 table tennis
Fiona Crackles - women's hockey
Holly Hunt - women's hockey
SILVER (nine medals, seven events)
Georgia Taylor-Brown - Triathlon
Freya Anderson - women's 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
Anna Hopkin - women's 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
Abbie Wood - women's 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay
James Guy - men's 4x100m Freestyle relay
James Guy - men's 4 x 200m Freestyle relay
James Guy - men's 100m butterfly
Olivia Broome - women's lightweight powerlifting
Keely Hodgkinson - women's 800m
BRONZE (12 medals, 10 events)
Laura Kenny - women's Team Pursuit
Chris Latham, pilot to Steve Bate - men's Tandem B time trial
Freya Anderson - women's 4x200m Freestyle Final
Abbie Wood - women's 4x200m Freestyle Final
James Guy - 200m butterfly
Abbie Wood - women’s 200m Individual Medley
Ola Abidogun - men's Para 100m (T45/47)
James Guy - mixed 4x100m medley relay
Freya Anderson - mixed 4x100m medley relay
Tyler Baines - men's wheelchair 3x3 basketball
Georgina Nelthorpe - women's freestyle wrestling 76kg
George Ramm - men's freestyle wrestling 65kg
The ones to watch:
After a second silver at the recent World Championships, she was a hot favourite to win gold in a field that didn't include her main rival Athing Mu from America, but it wasn't to be as Kenya’s Mary Moraa came past her on the home straight.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: The Liverpool athlete defended her Commonwealth heptathlon crown dedicating her first title for three years to her late grandmother.
The Liverpool athlete beat Northern Ireland’s Kate O’Connor by 6377 points, with England team-mate Jade O’Dowda placing third at the event in Birmingham.
Holly Bradshaw: Britain's first ever women's pole vault Olympic medallist, Bradshaw from Preston, was forced to withdraw from the pole vault.
Bradshaw failed to recover from the hamstring injury she suffered in a freak accident at the World Championships where her pole broke during her final practice jump - seeing her land awkwardly and hurt her hamstring - and she had to pull out in Eugene.
After testing the injury prior to the Commonwealth Games competition, she was unable to compete.
Neither events are included at this Commonwealth Games so his aim was to go for gold in both the Scratch and Points Races.
But, just minutes into a qualifying heat of the men's scratch a horror crash saw the Olympic champion fly into the crowd and multiple others taken out as a result.
With no velodrome in Birmingham, racing will take place 120 miles away in London at the track used for the 2012 Olympics.
Anthony Harding: The 22-year-old from Ashton-under-Lyne is making his Commonwealth Games debut.
He couldn't have a better partner in the 3m Synchro as he teams up with Olympic champion Jack Laugher.
The pair won the British title earlier this year and are were able to bag a Commonwealth gold.
Team England's gold medal victory on the Gold Coast was the highlight for many of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This year they defend their title on home soil.
But the team missed out on any medals this year after losing to rivals Australia in the semi-finals, and then New Zealand in the bronze medal match.
Manchester Thunder: it's no surprise to see three Thunder players called up to the squad. Natalie Metcalf from Pendle in Lancashire will captain the side and she's joined by club teammates Eleanor Cardwell, from Blackpool, and Laura Malcolm.
Jade Clarke: England's most capped netballer, the 38-year-old from Partington in Greater Manchester, will make her fifth appearance at a Commonwealth Games.
Olivia Broome: The 21-year-old from Chorley already has a Paralympic bronze and World silver to her name.
She pulled out an impressive performance at the Commonwealth Games, setting a new personal best and lifting 111kgs to add a Commonwealth silver medal to add to her collection.
Once again the North West is well represented among Team England's swimmers with nine coming from the region.
While Paralympic medallist Tom Hamer from Rawtenstall came sixth in the S14 200m freestyle.
Jack Hunter-Spivey: The 27-year-old from Liverpool goes in as the top seed in his class.
It's been quite the journey for Jack, who suffered with his mental health and tried to take his own life three times. He now speaks out to encourage others to speak up and seek help.
After winning a bronze at last year's Paralympics he came away with a gold medal in the men's classes 3-5, beating Nigeria's Nasiru Sule.
Georgia Taylor-Brown: The Manchester triathlete was part of Britain's all conquering mixed relay team that took gold at last year's Olympics.
She was able to repeat the success and won one of England's first medal of the Games in the women's race on the opening Friday.
Andy Griffiths: The 29-year-old from Warrington made his Commonwealth debut in Birmingham - coming in sixth.
He went to the Games in the unique position of not only being a competitor but also a coach, as he helps to train Team Wales' Amy Salt.
Six of Team England's nine wrestlers comes from the North West with the squad also based in Salford.
Making up the Super Six are 2018 Commonwealth medallist Georgina Nelthorpe from Burnley, along with Wiganers Charlie Bowling, Harvey Ridings, Sarah Clossick and Bolton duo Kelsey Barnes and George Ramm.
It was bronze for Georgina Nelthorpe and George Ramm.