Sammi sets a record of a different kind

Sammi Kinghorn.
Sammi Kinghorn.

Berwickshire wheelchair athlete Sammi Kinghorn is used to setting new records on the track but she has also set a different type of record.

The Scottish record holder in wheelchair racing at 100m and 200m and a European gold medalist, has become the first speaker at what turned out to be the biggest on-line Rotary meeting in Great Britain and Ireland.

And it doesn’t end there for she this week has accepted an invitation to become the first honorary member of the Rotary eClub of Southern Scotland — at 20 years of age possibly the youngest honorary Rotarian in the country.

Sammi, from Gordon, was invited to join the club after she impressed the on-line audience of Rotarians from nine different countries around the world with her inspirational story.

She will be officially welcomed to the club later this month on her return from an acclimatising training session in Tenerife.

It is hoped that she will take part in club meetings and activities as time allows and her fellow members are eagerly awaiting reports on how her racing and her training are progressing, coming up to the Paralympics in Rio.

She has already qualified for the event, but now has a long wait until July to hear whether or not she is selected for the GB team.

Rotary eClub meetings are held via Zoom, which connects up to 50 members at a time, the latest one being a beer tasting!