Athletes stay at the top of their games

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YOUNG athletes in the Borders region have been making their mark at the top of their respective sports during the last few weeks.

Wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn had the golden touch when landing on top of the medal rostrum nine times during her recent trip to Dubai.

The star performer from Gordon has just turned 18, but took some notable senior scalps at two meets in the Middle East, crossing the line ahead of her rivals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in the first day, and repeating her success in the second, along with a gold in the 1500m.

Samantha, who holds six Scottish records, went to Dubai feeling confident, but even she never imagined she’d arrive home with so much gold.

“I wanted to go there and set some new personal bests, which I did five times, but I never thought I’d win so many,” she said.

Elsewhere, Selkirk’s Zaynah Aziz, who turns 14 on Monday, has been called up to the Scottish Under-15s Cross Country team at the UK Schools Championships in Bolton this month, while Kelso’s Jason McIntosh has been shortlisted for the Under-17s team.