GLASGOW 2014: Samantha Kinghorn set to take Games by storm

PIC LISA FERGUSON 06/07/2014'Commonwealth Games Scotland 2014 - Team Scotland launch thier Team Kit and Parade Uniform'1500m Wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn
PIC LISA FERGUSON 06/07/2014'Commonwealth Games Scotland 2014 - Team Scotland launch thier Team Kit and Parade Uniform'1500m Wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn

Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games will witness the culmination of a young athlete’s determination when Berwickshire’s Samantha Kinghorn takes to the track.

Kinghorn was just 14 when an accident while she and her father were shifting snow at their home near Gordon left her needing a wheelchair.

Samantha recalled: “I climbed on the forklift and my dad didn’t see me. He didn’t see me and lowered the beam on top of me which caused a fracture to my spinal cord.

“I ran forward and slipped into all the snow that had been compacted. That’s what did the last thing, it knocked the spinal cord.”

Starting in the Spinal Unit Games while still recovering, Kinghorn, who had previously enjoyed hockey and gymnastics, has spurred herself on to international level sport.

She is European number one at every distance from 100m-800m in the T-53 category for athletes who only have use of their arms and shoulders to power a wheelchair.

However T-53 isn’t in the programme for the Glasgow Games. T-54, for those who can also use their torso, is scheduled, but over 1500m. Samantha will represent Scotland in races at Hampden.