Samantha is a finalist in Young Scot Awards

Samantha Kinghorn
Samantha Kinghorn

GORDON wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn is a finalist in what have been described as Scotland’s young people’s Oscars.

Seventeen-year-old Samantha is one of three finalists in the sport category of the Sunday Mail’s 2013 Young Scot Awards.

Samantha was just 14 when she tragically broke her back. After spending six months in hospital she began training in wheelchair racing and in her first season in 2012, she finished second in the London Mini Marathon and set Scottish records over 100m and 200m.

She has qualified for the Scottish Athletics Commonweath Games 2014 training squad.

The Young Scot Awards have been honouring the achievements of the country’s incredible young people for the last seven years. The awards have discovered some of the most astonishing stories of bravery, courage, kindness, selflessness and creativity.

After a record number of nominations for the 2013 awards, and hours of judging, 36 finalists have been selected for the 12 different categories.

They will be joined by a galaxy of stars at the gala dinner and presentation of awards to be held in the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Friday, April 19.

The evening will be filled with big-name music performances and special guests.

Romeo from Radio Clyde is hosting the event which is also to be screened on STV on April 21 at 10.15pm.