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easier.The love thats come out of this is not fading, Varga

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Michelle Payne, a name synonymous for sticking it to the man, has over the past 12 months defied the odds and created her own path.Payne became a worldwide sensation when she became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, saluting aboard 100-1 outsider Prince of Penzance, but she gained even more attention with her rogue post-race comments in which she thanked winning trainer Darren Weir for giving her a go in such a chauvinistic sport.I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and [senior part-owner] John Richards and Darren stuck strongly with me, Payne said after winning the Race That Stops The Nation. I put in all the effort I could and galloped him all I could because I thought he had what it takes to win the Melbourne Cup. I cant say how grateful I am to them. I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed because women can do anything and we can beat the world.With those words, Payne became more than just a champion jockey; she became a champion for womens rights, a fighter in and out of the saddle.Riding high into 2016, Payne continued to face challenges and opposition within a tough, sporting industry.Payne, 31, suffered a potentially career-ending injury in a race fall in May this year, when she was rushed for surgery to repair her torn pancreas before spending weeks in hospital.That injury and the possibility of becoming a diabetic prompted calls for her retirement, most notably from the owners of Prince of Penzance, but the Victorian trailblazer would not be stopped and she returned to the saddle just five months later to create history once again.Returning in September, she became one of three people granted a dual licence to ride and train her own horses and she made history in October when she became the first person in Victoria to ride a runner she trains at Group level.But one year on from her amazing Melbourne Cup feat little has changed from the racing world with Payne riding in just six races during the four day carnival, two on her brothers horses and the third her own horse, Queen of Zealand, while only one woman, Katelyn Mallyon, would race for the Cup.Payne, a country girl with big dreams, doesnt regret what she said after winning the 2015 Melbourne Cup, and her determination, tenaciousness and unflappable faith that touched hearts around Australia resulted in the Ballarat native winning The Don Award presented annually to a sportsperson, who, through their achievements and example over the last 12 months, is considered to have most inspired the nation; the description suits Michelle Payne to a T.Inspired by Michelle Payne and Rogue One. 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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Theres nothing that can give Mayra Alvear back what she lost, or ease her pain, or calm her anger.With one gesture, she at least felt some joy again.Underneath a softly swaying banner displaying the number 49 -- commemorating the number of lives lost -- and as first responders unfurled and held a massive American flag for the national anthem, the Orlando Magic paid tribute Wednesday night to the victims and survivors of the Pulse gay nightclub massacre with an emotional ceremony immediately before the teams season-opener against the Miami Heat.We felt the recognition needed to be significant, Magic president Alex Martins said. We think part of the healing process for our community is making sure we dont forget. And we felt it was most appropriate that we do it on opening night, so it receives the proper recognition and exposure -- but also gave the greatest number of our fans the opportunity to recognize and remember.Some survivors were present, as were some relatives of those who were killed on June 12 in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The gunman, Omar Mateen, was killed after a three-hour standoff during an exchange of fire with SWAT team members.What the Orlando Magic are doing is amazing, is beautiful. Im honored and grateful, said Alvear, the mother of Pulse victim Amanda Alvear. That they are lifting the number 49 out of respect, a symbol for our 49 Pulse angels, it has a deep meaning -- demonstration of love and that they care, that all of them will be remembered.The nightclub remains fenced off, yet is still attracting a daily stream of mourners. Banners on the fence are dotted with thousands of handwritten messages from visitors, with some flowers and candles on the ground.Martins was the chair of OneOrlando, a fund that collected $29.5 million in donations thats being distributed to 299 claimants. At the time of the shooting, the Magic were just a few weeks removed from the hiring of Frank Vogel as their new coach, and less than three weeks away from a free-agent period where the roster would be greatly revamped.But Martins quickly volunteered anyway, helping oversee the massive task.One of the ways that I felt I could help, that I could assist, was to help with the administration of the fund, Martins said. So I raised my hand immediately.The tribute coming before a Magic-Heat game was fitting, given how many of those affected by the events of that night were from South Florida.ddddddddddddIt was particularly poignant to one survivor.Heat employee Laura Vargas was shot twice that night. She can recall every detail -- the strobe lights, the Heineken in her hand, how she was putting away her ID as she heard the first shots. She remembers watching Mateen reload a weapon, the blood pouring from her wounds, even the look on the police officers face when she was rescued.Her best friend, Luis Vielma, who Vargas said was straight, was one of the victims.Its not even just about me, Vargas said. Its coping that hes not there anymore. Its a lot to carry around.Vargas isnt able yet to resume work. She was at the arena the Heat call home last week for an event called Loud And Proud that celebrated the LGBTQ community, but couldnt shake the feeling Mateen was there. Her flashbacks and nightmares are terrifying -- she said she had a total breakdown recently at Disney when a fireworks show sounded like gunfire.Nights like Wednesday, she said, make it all a bit easier.The love thats come out of this is not fading, Vargas said. It brings me comfort to know that my best friend is one of the reasons why this world is a little bit less crappy, that his life isnt just forgotten. No. He made a difference. And he would be happy to know that even with the chaos, the horror, he made a change.This was not a one-night commitment for the Magic, who have contributed both money and staff resources to the ongoing healing process and plan to continue. In addition to the banner, the team aired a video in tribute and invited singer Brandon Parsons -- who composed a song called Forty-Nine Times -- to perform pregame.Parsons song included this phrase: Takes more than just a gun, more than you to tear us down, so let your colors fly free.Its been so impactful since the day of that event, said Otto Drozd, the Fire Chief for Orange County Fire Rescue. This is part of the healing process. We continue to remember the 49 that lost their lives and those that were injured that night, and really, we do that because we dont want to relive it. ' ' '

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