Samantha Kinghorn

Samantha Kinghorn is one of the UK’s most successful young wheelchair racers.

Samantha Kinghorn broke her back when she was 14 years old in a tragic farming accident at her home in the Scottish Borders. Airlifted to hospital in Glasgow, she underwent six months of rehabilitation before returning to the farm with the knowledge that she would never walk again.

“The most important thing is acceptance,” says Samantha with a smile that appears older than her years. “The rest is easy once you have come to accept your situation”. At 19 years old Samantha has overcome tragedy and has gone on to achieve remarkable things. She’s met leading politicians, provided motivation to hundreds of school children across Scotland and is travelling the world doing the thing she loves most - racing.

“As part of my rehabilitation I got the chance to attend the Stoke Mandeville Spinal Injury Games and caught the bug. Three weeks after I got my first racing chair I competed in the London Mini-Marathon and came second – I didn’t realise you weren’t supposed to stop and spent the race thanking everyone who stopped to wish me well.”

“I’ve always been active, and spent my childhood outdoors on the farm. I used to horse ride, and enjoyed gymnastics at school. As soon as I tried wheelchair racing I knew it was what I wanted to do. I now compete in the T53 racing category”.

“Off the track, I have used a number of different wheelchairs – I have a farm chair for the mud and puddles and have now opted for a new Carbon Fibre active wheelchair from Ottobock. It’s lightweight, easily manoeuvrable and is really comfortable due to its custom design. Because it’s all modular, it also means that sections are replaceable – rather than having to get a whole new chair should I need it. I love that I’ve been able to tailor the wheelchair to suit my personal style, as well as my lifestyle – it’s a real expression of me”.

Key competitive achievemets:

Representing Scotland in a home Commonwealth games in 2014 and following that up with a Great Britain debut in the IPC European Championships winning gold over 100m, 400m and 800m.

Key Facts

Nationality: Scottish/British

Year of birth: 1996

Sport: Wheelchair Racing

Classification: T53

Personal Best
100m - 17.64
200m - 30.52
400m - 57.24
800m - 1.56
1500m - 3.36
10k - 26.33
half marathon - 60.00

Coach: Ian Mirfin

Home team/club: Red Star AC

Career highlights: Representing Scotland in a home Commonwealth games in 2014 and following that up with a Great Britain debut in the IPC European Championships winning gold over 100m, 400m and 800m

Stay up to date

Technology

The equipment used by athletes competing at the Paralympic Games relies on the latest technology and innovation. Here we show how it works.

more

30 years of Paralympic history

Ottobock offered technical services at the Paralympic Games for the very first time in 1988. Since then, Ottobock has stood ready to support the athletes at every Paralympic Games. Learn more about this unique history.

more

Ottobock at the Games

Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games providing technical service since 1988. Read more about the history of the Games and this unique role.

more