Samantha Kinghorn on the race track.

Samantha Kinghorn

In the T53 Paralympic classification, Samantha Kinghorn is the fastest female British wheelchair racer of all time. She was nominated Scottish Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 – the first female para-athlete to receive this honour.

Her motto: never give up!

Samantha Kinghorn broke her back when she was 14 years old in a tragic accident on her family’s farm. Airlifted to hospital in Glasgow, she underwent six months of rehabilitation before returning home.

“I thought I’d be stuck in bed forever. So moving to a wheelchair was incredible. I know it sounds strange, but I was really happy! Because knowing I could actually engage in sports in my wheelchair was an amazing feeling,” says Samantha with a smile.

“Acceptance is key. The rest is easy once you have come to accept your situation.”

Samantha Kinghorn, track and field athlete and Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock ambassador Samantha Kinghorn in a racing wheelchair cheers after the finish.
Samantha Kinghorn after a successful race.

No stopping her now

In 2012, just three weeks after getting her first wheelchair, she participated in a mini-marathon in London and finished in second place. In 2017, she was double World Champion in London. Samantha holds the world record for 200 metres as well as multiple European records. She celebrated her Paralympic debut in Rio in 2016 – all in the T53 classification, like her hero Tanni Grey-Thompson.

When she’s not engaging in sports, she loves spending time on the farm – particularly during the lambing season, when she helps her father with the birthing.

Key facts

  • Nationality: British
  • Year of birth: 1996
  • Sport: wheelchair racing
  • Classification: T53
  • Coached by: Red Star AC

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