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, will dwarf it further. The future of the Paralym

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LEXINGTON, Ky. Cheap Colts Jerseys Authentic . -- Two straight years coming up short of a bowl bid have the Kentucky Wildcats eager to seize the opportunity this season.Reaching the six-win threshold, though, wont be an easy task after a pair of 5-7 seasons.The schedule is more well-balanced than in the past, and the backload of games against highly-regarded opponents may pave the way for that bowl-eligible sixth win.It gets frustrating, but you cant dwell on the past, Kentucky running back Stanley Boom Williams said. We made some critical mistakes (in the past) that cost us, but thats what we have the offseason (for), so we can learn from those mistakes and can better ourselves and not make the same mistakes this year.Kentuckys offense will look different in many ways.Sophomore Drew Barker is now the quarterback in place of Patrick Towles, who has transferred to Boston College. Calmer has overcome several off-field incidents early in his career, and looks to build off a strong spring that earned the starting job.Ive always been kind of a calm person, said Barker, who will run a new pro-style offense. I havent gotten too up or too down and Im not really an emotional person. I can see that, but sometimes you have to kick it up into a different gear. Thats something I have been working on for sure.With nine returning starters on offense and 15 back overall, the Wildcats believe they have the personnel and experience to come away with a winning season. They even have the facilities in place -- a $45 million training center that might put some NFL complexes to shame.I really believe this team has what it takes physically and mentally to take us to the next level, coach Mark Stoops said. Were up for the challenge.Heres what to look for:---DEEP BACKFIELD: Kentucky returns three running backs who rushed for at least 318 yards last season, including speedy team-leader Williams (855 yards, six touchdowns). Also back are Jojo Kemp (555, six TDs) and Mikel Horton (318, three TDs).OVERHAULED STAFF: The Wildcats have five new assistants: offensive coordinator Eddie Gran; co-coordinator and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw; Lamar Thomas (receivers); Matt House (special teams) and Steve Clinkscale (defensive backs). Gran, Hinshaw and Clinkscale previously worked together at Cincinnati.SEASON OPENER: Kentuckys Sept. 3 matchup against Southern Mississippi is important for reasons beyond starting well. With the SEC opener looming the following week at Florida, the Wildcats need this win to avoid a possible 0-2 start along with showing theyre headed in the right direction. 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Welcome to the fastest-growing event in world sport, a multi-sport competition between athletes of extraordinary talent, courage and determination who will hold a cumulative TV audience of four billion people across the globe spellbound this summer when they perform in Rio de Janeiro.Time to marvel once again, then, at the wonders of the Paralympic Games.It is hard to credit that it was only three generations ago in 1948 that this burgeoning phenomenon all started with just 14 men and two women shooting arrows at a target from a wheelchair, cheered on only by a small bunch of enthusiastic spectators and quite invisible to the public beyond the English hospital grounds where the quaint fete took place.Yet when it rolls up in Brazil this summer, the event which had begun as those 1948 Stoke Mandeville Games, a novel competition for injured ex-servicemen at a spinal injuries unit who had taken up wheelchair archery to boost their rehabilitation, will have mushroomed into a spectacular festival featuring 4,350 athletes in 22 different sports from more than 160 countries.No sports event on the planet has been transformed so completely, so hugely or so swiftly. None, too, is still evolving as quickly to the point where officials of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) believe their showpiece could eventually overtake the football World Cup as the worlds second-biggest sporting event in terms of ticket sales behind only the Olympics.Talk about humble, primitive beginnings. In 1960, when the first Paralympics were held in Rome, Britains first-ever gold medallist Margaret Maughan still smiles at the memory of the almost comical operation needed just to get the 70-strong team hoisted up to the aircraft doors in a cage on a fork-lift truck to fly them to their venue.Once in Italy, Roman soldiers then had to carry athletes over their shoulders just to get them to their rooms, so ill-equipped was the Games to house the athletes. As for Margaret, she didnt even know she had won her archery competition because nobody had told her her scores and she only discovered the news when officials came looking for her and had to carry her and her hefty wheelchair off the coach to the medal ceremony!It all seems an unreal world away from the slick spectacular planned for 2016, which will showcase state-of-the-art facilities, see full-time athletes taking advantage of space age-designed equipment like £2,000 lightweight racing wheelchairs and watch a standard of record-breaking sport that would have seemed inconceivable half-a-century ago.We know Rio 2016 will be the most widely broadcast Paralympics in history, enthuses Sir Philip Craven, the President of the IPC, noting that between 120 and 150 nations will screen the event this year compared to 100 in the last edition in London 2012. For the first time, America will be on board for major coverage too.This explosion of interest, believes Craven, a former Paralympian himself in three different sports, is down to the dramatically improving performances of para-athletes, the majority of whom now benefit from high-performance training programmes on a par with their Olympic counterparts.To give you one example, he says, at the Atlanta 96 Paralympic Games, the mens 100 metres T44 for below-knee leg amputees was won in a world record 11.36 seconds. At Rio 2016, the US world champion Richard Browne is fully confident he can lower his own world record of 10.61 seconds to below 10.5.To knock nearly one second off a 100m world record in 20 years is a staggering achievement and highlights that para-athletes are getting faster, stronger and more agile all the time. Indeed, there are those who are firm believers that in 25 years the fastest man in the world could well be a Paralympian.And with the stellar performances comes the making of stars. One survey showed that less than one per cent of the British population could name a Paralympian before the 2012 Games whereas afterwards 331 per cent of the population could name at least five. Youth Darius Leonard Jersey. Paralympians, like BP ambassadors, have a profile like never before. Athletes like Marlou van Rhijn, the Dutch sprinter now famed globally as the Blade Babe have become role models. Others, like Trinidadian swimmer Shanntol Ince have turned into national heroes. Some, like US wheelchair racing legend Tatyana McFadden have been social trailblazers as well as the rarest of sporting champions.All of which has led to the increasing realisation that no sporting event actually does more to break down walls of prejudice and discrimination and to change ill-informed, deep-rooted views in society regarding disability than this event.We are the worlds number one sporting event for driving social inclusion and thats a position we want to cement further in Rio, Craven explained recently in a speech in Brazil.For many Brazilians, Rio 2016 will be their first experience of Paralympic sport and will be uncertain of what to expect. I can promise you a life-changing experience that will make you re-evaluate what you believe is humanly possible.You will see sport like never before and witness some of the best athletic performances ever delivered.This is hard to dispute - and so is the reality that Paralympians are now constantly challenging and changing perceptions of sport and of disabilities.A third of Britons questioned after 2012 said theyd altered their attitude towards people with a disability because of the Games. Thats 20 million people at a stroke.Four years earlier, following the Beijing Games, a Chinese government official said the perception of a person with a disability had changed there from wretched street beggar to a brilliant footballer, shooter or long jumper. Theres been compelling evidence too that thousands of people with a disability have been able to find jobs more easily because Chinese employers had changed their outlook.Of course, it would be foolish to suggest that the Paralympics doesnt still have a long, hard road to travel before it helps eradicate the prejudice, ignorance and even hostility towards people with disabilities.There is something about this event which should give everyone hope. Craven thinks everything changed in 1992 in the Barcelona edition when a brilliant organising committee turned the Games into a marketable proposition for the first time, with free tickets being handed out and more than a million people flocking to watch the action.It was there that Dr Stephen Hawking, the great physicist and cosmologist who is paralysed from motor neurone disease, struck a cord by telling the world at the opening ceremony: Each one has within us the spark of fire, a creative touch.That energy burning within its incredible competitors is the fuel that makes these Games great, that is pushing the event into uncharted territory. Rio will be the biggest yet but Tokyo 2020, with the commercial backing and sponsorships already in place, will dwarf it further. The future of the Paralympian movement, says Craven, could be exhilarating.At the Olympic Games, the motto is citius, altius, fortius but while Paralympians too become ever faster, higher, stronger at each edition, there is something else that sets their Games apart. Its almost indefinable, a soaring feeling at the events heart which the Paralympics own motto Spirit in Motion somehow captures so well.It was as Craven told the world from the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing at the start of the 2008 Games: Above all, when we come together we will be part of a creation of an almost touchable and definitely breathable, distinctive energy source which is at the heart of the Paralympic movement - and its what we call the Paralympic spirit.And once it gets hold, you can never let it go. 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