Samantha to receive young citizen award

Samantha Kinghorn.
Samantha Kinghorn.

This Saturday (April 2) a Borders wheelchair athlete will roll onto the stage at an event in Bournemouth to recive a national award.

The event is the annual conference of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and that athlete is Berwickshire’s very own Samantha Kinghorn, 20, from Middlethird, Gordon.

Samantha will be presented with a national Rotary Young Citizen Award after being nominated by the Rotary Club of Duns.

Duns president Marshall Wilson explained: “When I saw that the charity ‘WheelPower’ had got together with Rotary to sponsor a Rotary Young Citizen Wheelchair Athlete of the Year Award, I knew that Samantha would be in with a good chance of winning, as she is such a fantastic sports personality.

“I am absolutely delighted that the judges of the award have agreed.”

Hearing of the news that she had won the award, Samantha said: “I’m really pleased to have been chosen to receive this award. It’s a great honour for me and a chance to put the Borders centre stage at a national event.

“I’m delighted, too, to be able to nominate the Borders Childrens Charity, of which I am patron, to receive the prizemoney.”

Samantha will travel down to Bournemouth to receive the award from the president of Rotary International, Mr K.R. Ravindran, at a ceremony which is due to be broadcast live by the BBC on their news channel at about 10am this Saturday.

Samantha also recently accepted an invitation to become the first honorary member of Rotary Club of Southern Scotland.