Medals put pair on shortlist

Samantha Kinghorn.
Samantha Kinghorn.

Gordon wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn and Dunbar runner Maria Lyle have been recognised for their excellent results in 2015 by being shortlisted for the Scottish Para Athlete of the Year award.

The pair make up half of the four-strong shortlist for the award which will be presented early in 2016.

Rodger Harkins, director of coaching with scottishathletics, said: “I commend the four athletes on being short-listed for this award because once again the standard is very high for one of our accolades.”

Harkins continued: “If you look at each of them, they have performed where it matters, with good results on a world stage.

“We’ve seen that in Doha [where Lyle and Kinghorn brought home four medals].”

Maria Lyle won a gold medal in the World Championships in Doha as part of a world record-breaking relay team,as well as two silver medals.

She also won two silver medals to add to her haul, with both won in Eropean record times.

At the same games, Sammi Kinghorn won bronze in her 200m event.

The two local athletes are joined on the shortlist by Joe Butterfield, who won a gold medal in the club throw in Doha, and Derek Rae, who finished in fifth place at the IPC World Championships which were held in London back in April.