Samantha Kinghorn

YST Samantha Kinghorn

Biography:

Samantha began wheelchair athletics when she was 16, following a farm accident which left her paralysed from the waist down. She had first seen wheelchair racing during a trip she had whilst she was still in hospital in 2011 and fell in love with the sport immediately after trying it for the first time shortly after. Her career started to progress when she joined the Red Star Athletics Club and it wasn't long before she was classified, meaning she could start competing at a higher level in 2013. 

Her greatest achievement so far is a bronze medal in the 2015 World Championships in Doha, but she hopes to achieve further success and medals in the coming years. Her hard work - which includes training twice a day, 6 days a week - was rewarded in 2016 when she qualified for the Paralympics in Rio. Samantha reached the final in 3 separate races and narrowly missing out on a podium finish. Sport has helped Samantha with her confidence since her accident, as well as benefiting her physically, making it far easier for her to transfer out of her day chair.

Sporting Achievements:

  • World Championships Bronze Medallist
  • European Championships Triple Gold Medallist
  • Paralympian.