Sammi Kinghorn is on the road to Rio’s Paralympics

Sammi Kinghorn kitted out at Border Embroideries before heading to Rio
Sammi Kinghorn kitted out at Border Embroideries before heading to Rio

Wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn is putting the final touches to preparations for the Rio Paralympic Games which start on September 7.

Samantha called in to Border Embroideries last week to pick up her personalised bags for the Games, the Greenlaw based company is one of many in the Borders who have wanted to play their part in ensuring the Gordon athlete has every chance of success in the 2016 Paralympics.

A triple gold medallist at last year’s European championships 20 year old Samantha is regarded by commentator as ‘one to watch’ and her family will be there in Rio cheering her on in the T53 100m , 200m and 400m.

A Facebook entry by Border Embroideries says: “Staff at BEHQ in Greenlaw had the pleasure of meeting Samantha Kinghorn as she collected her personalised bags in time for her trip to Rio 2016!

“Good luck Samantha from everyone at Border Embroideries! ‪#‎TeamGB‬ ‪#‎BEProud‬ ‪#‎BEtheBest.”

Samantha’s road training can be interrupted by people wishing her luck and on one occasion it also brought her a donation to help her on the road to Rio when Duns bus operator Eric Robertson passed her, stopped the vehicle and handed her a donation.

Samantha loves knowing that she has all the community behind her, it gives her that extra boost to give it her all and both she and her family want to thank everyone for all their support - from the local butchers at Greenlaw to Earlston Parish Church Woman’s Group who have been raising money for her trip.

The rise to become an international athlete has been meteoric for Samantha, after making her Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow in 2014.

It was four years after she was paralysed at the aged of 14 in an accident on the family farm at Gordon.

She underwent emergency surgery and spent months in the South General Hospital in Glasgow. A visit to the rehabilitation centre at Stoke Mandeville to try out disability sports, was a game changer for Samantha and she proved to be a natural when it came to wheelchair racing.

As she heads for Rio Samantha takes the wishes of everyone in the Borders with her.