About me

MY PICTURE GALLERY

My name is Samantha Kinghorn, though even my parents call me Sammi these days! I'm proud to be one of Scotland’s leading wheelchair racers and the fastest ever British female over all my main events.

I come from Gordon, in the Scottish Borders, where I grew up with my parents Neill and Elaine and my brother Chris. I'm also now auntie to my Chris and his partner Pauline’s boys, Connor and Logan.

I took up the sport in 2011, following an accident on the farm in the Scottish Borders where my family live when I was 14 years old. The accident left me unable to walk, but after being introduced to the sport of wheelchair racing I haven't looked back.

Thanks to the support of my family, my coach Ian Mirfin and a whole host of other people who've helped me along the way, I became a double World Champion at the London 2017 World Championships. I'm also lucky enough to be a World Record holder over 200m, a multiple European record holder and, following my debut at Rio 2016, a Paralympian - all in the T53 classification which is the same one that one of my heroes, Tanni Grey-Thompson, competed in.

Outside of my sporting life, the best time of year on the farm, for me, is the lambing season when I help my dad deliver the lambs. It is hard work and long hours but very rewarding.

Gordon being a rural area means the roads are good for training on and I am a familiar sight ‘pushing’ through the surrounding areas. 

Beyond training and racing, I particularly enjoy my motivational speaking, especially to primary schools as the children are very open and honest with their questions!

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