Gordon’s Sammantha Kinghorn has been selected to be part of the track and field British Paralympic Wheelchair Racing team heading to Rio.
Sammi was 14 when she was crushed by snow on her family’s farm near Gordon. Her back was broken and the teenager spent six months at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow after being told she would never walk again.
However, Sammi, now 20, has refused to let that life-changing moment define her andis now a young wheelchair racer ranked among Europe’s leading wheelchair racers and continues to smash her personal best times.
Sammi uses an Ottobock carbon fibre wheelchair, the Voyager Evo, and Phil Yates, managing director at Ottobock, said: “We are ecstatic that Sammi has been selected to represent GB in her discipline of Wheelchair Racing. She has again and again amazed us with her talent and tenacity. She is a true inspiration to other and we are privileged to have her as an ambassador.
“This will be her first time at the Paralympics but we have not doubt that she will achieve Rio glory.
“Congratulations on your selection Sammi, we will be cheering for you.”