The 2016 Paralympics begins in earnest on Wednesday night, with the opening ceremony taking place at the Maracana Stadium.
Rio de Janeiro will play host to 4,300 athletes, with the closing ceremony set to be held on September 18.
Former ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown, who is presenting coverage of the Games from Rio for Channel 4, picks out the stars to watch in Brazil.
Ex-ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown picks out the stars to watch in Rio
Men’s powerlifting -65kg
He’s just a beast. Whatever he looks at, I’m sure in his head he thinks ‘I reckon I could lift that’.
Micky came through the Invictus Games and the Help for Heroes programme and has earned his right to be a Paralympian.
He is a powerhouse and his way of thinking makes him so good at what he does.
Micky Yule came through the Invictus Games and the Help for Heroes programme
Men’s wheelchair rugby (class 2.0)
It was a privilege to work with Chris. By the end of his first wheelchair rugby session I knew he would be the next great player.
He was a semi-pro golfer before his injury suffered in a car crash and he is professional in everything he does; his attitude is: work hard and you will succeed.
I’m excited for Team GB’s wheelchair rugby team.
Chris Ryan – seen playing against France in October 2015 – is a big asset for Great Britain
Women’s T38 100m, T35-38 4x100m relay
Sophie is the most understated young lady in the sport. She doesn’t even realise how good she is and the day she does will be a huge day.
She was inspired from 2012 and when people talk about the legacy, she is it.
She didn’t know that there were options for her in sport but now she’s a trailblazer and will be hard to beat.
Sophie Hahn at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar last October
Men’s wheelchair tennis singles, doubles
Gordon lets the results do the talking and this year they have been impressive with his triumphs at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
Judy Murray helps with his coaching, Andy Murray does nothing but say nice things about him and he’s on fire.
It will be interesting to see if he can keep his momentum up.
Gordon Reid (right) with Alfie Hewett in their gentlemen’s doubles final at Wimbledon in July
Men’s T44 100m
He just oozes charisma. He’s a happy, crowd-pleasing kind of guy. He will absorb the positivity as he looks to add to his London gold.
Four years ago he was beating his personal best every week but now there are a lot of people who are at his blade heels.
It won’t be an easy ride, and this isn’t a given, but we still might be yet to see the best of Peacock.
Jarryd Wallace (left) wins the men’s T43/44 100m ahead of Jonnie Peacock in London, July 23
Tatyana McFadden (USA)
Women’s T54 100m, 400m, 800m, TS53/54 1,500m, 5,000m, 4x400m relay, TS52/53/53 Marathon
In her classification there’s a lot of people who are nervous about racing against her, right through all of her events.
She’s phenomenal and leaves a scattering of medals behind her.
Tatyana picked up gold in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m in London and having sat back a bit all of a sudden when medal time comes around she will be a force to deal with again.
American Tatyana McFadden crosses the finish line to win the 117th Boston Marathon in 2013
Daniel Dias (Brazil)
Multi-event swimmer including men’s 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke (all SB5)
He’s won all around the world and now there is a different kind of pressure at home.
It does things to you: athletes will crumble or absolutely perform on home soil.
He’s been so consistent in his medal hauls that, having only been involved in swimming for 10 years, it will be fascinating to see how he performs back in Rio.
Brazilian sensation Daniel Dias with his 11 medals at the Parapan American Games in 2011
Markus Rehm (Germany)
Men’s TS43/44 long jump, T42-47 4x100m relay
It’s funny when you compare Rehm to able-bodied athletes — as a below-knee amputee he’s jumping around 8.40m, 10 centimetres further than Greg Rutherford jumped in Rio.
He was blocked from competing at the Olympics because it was felt his prosthetic limb could provide him with an advantage but he will be looking to come out on top again here.
As a below-knee amputee, German star Markus Rehm is long jumping around 8.40m
Terezinha Guilhermina (Brazil)
Women’s T11 100m, 200m, 400m, T11-13 4x100m relay
She’s such a bubbly and colourful character, whether with the facemask that she wears, or her smile.
She’s a crowd-pleaser and this is going to be an exciting Paralympics for her.
Terezinha has run with Usain Bolt and that’s the kind of thing that dreams are made of.
Things like that will give her a big lift, she’ll be full of confidence and can add to the six medals she’s taken from the past three Games.
Terezinha Guilhermina is a colourful character, with or without her trademark facemask
Rawat Tana (Thailand)
Men’s T54 800m, T53/54 1500m, 5,000m, 4x400m relay, T52/53/54 Marathon
David Weir thought he had him in his pocket for quite a long time and when I spoke to David he didn’t even mention Rawat as a potential rival before he beat him at the Doha World Championships last year.
Thailand are not a traditional force and to have someone come from nowhere — he won’t have had the best training facilities — is incredible.
He is proof that hard work and gritting your teeth is the winning formula.
Rawat Tana is proof that hard work and gritting your teeth is the winning formula