Samantha Kinghorn’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games have been boosted by four-figure support from a Borders firm.
The 17-year-old wheelchair athlete from Gordon picked up a cheque for £1,000 from Tweedbank’s Stewart Technology to help pay for her training programme ahead of next year’s Glasgow event.
Scotland’s youngest Commonwealth Games squad member is currently training six days a week and making regular trips to England to practice on special Mondo tracks, as well as competing in events as far afield as Switzerland and Dubai.
Kinghorn is grateful to her home village for their support so far, and said: “The cost of a proper training programme is huge and I could not do it without the fantastic support I have received.
“I am very grateful to Stewart Technology for their very kind donation.
“The people of the Gordon area and beyond have been brilliant in fundraising for me, I can’t thank them enough.
“As well as funding the training costs, there are things like getting a new wheelchair as I am too big for my one and that will cost £4,000 alone.
“I am looking forward to Glasgow next year. It is not my preferred distance, but I will do the best I can and if I get to the final I will be delighted.”
Kinghorn broke her back at the family farm aged just 14 when snow fell from a roof, but has since become an emerging wheelchair athletics star and set several Scottish records.
Stewart Technology director Shaun Brennand said: “I am from Gordon and have known Samantha and her family for a few years.
“Everyone in the village was upset when the accident happened, but you can only admire her for the way she has bounced back.
“We are very proud of her efforts and she is a huge inspiration to us all.
“I am delighted Stewart Technology are supporting her.”