The very first presentation of the new Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland’s Young Citizen Wheelchair Sports Award has gone to Samantha Kinghorn .
The Rotary Club of Duns nominated the 20-year-old from Gordon in recognition of her sporting achievements and inspirational attitude to life since she was paralysed from the waist down at the age of 14 in an accident on the farm where she grew up.
As part of her rehabilitation Samantha took part in wheelchair racing in the Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium organised by Wheelpower who sponsor the Rotary award won by Samantha.
The games proved a catalyst to a successful sporting career for Samantha, who is now a wheelchair racing gold medallist and has qualified to represent Britain at the Paralympic Games in Rio this year.
As well as her sporting achievements Samantha has made many motivational visits to schools and in 2015 became patron of the Borders Children’s Charity, a body that helps children throughout the Scottish Borders.
The judges of the young citizen award chose six overall winners, including one group award, from about 50 entries from across Great Britain and Ireland. Samantha joined the other winners to receive their awards from TV presenter Ellie Crisell, at the 91st Rotary conference in Bournemouth.