Samantha raves about Rio

Edenside Primary Six pupils, teacher Miss Rhead (right) and Scottish Schools swimming coach Caroline Brown (left) are joined by Borders wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn at the conclusion of their Olympic Games project.
Edenside Primary Six pupils, teacher Miss Rhead (right) and Scottish Schools swimming coach Caroline Brown (left) are joined by Borders wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn at the conclusion of their Olympic Games project.

BORDERS wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn told Kelso pupils that she had her eyes fixed firmly on competing in the Rio Paralympics in 2016 after judging their own Olympics competition.

Miss Kinghorn had been invited to Edenside primary to help judge a competition in Miss Rhead’s P6 class, where the pupils had been studying Olympic preparation, which culminated in five business teams, each including a CEO, finance manager and site developer, among other posts, designing and promoting their own pre-games training camps.

Miss Rhead said: “The teams have all worked extremely hard to understand the concept of a training camp, the difficulties that go with that and potential local conflicts, and come together as teams to produce their models.

“They have done extremely well, and they were quite nervous presenting their plans to the panel of judges. But they felt a lot better, I think, after meeting Samantha and getting her autograph.”

The teams all did very well, with multimedia presentations that included acting, singing and Powerpoint, with Sport Side winning the competition.

Miss Kinghorn, who has now won 10 gold medals and recently broke the Scottish wheelchair 200m record, also took part in a question-and-answer session.

When asked if she would take part in the London Paralympics, she said: “I only started racing in February, so although my times are close to it now, my coach felt that it was too early for me.

“But that’s definitely the target. Rio 2016 here we come!”