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Borders girl hopes for 2016 Paralympic Games

Samantha Kinghorn, 16, from the Borders is aiming for Rio 2016 Photo: ITV Border

Samantha Kinghorn from Gordon in the Scottish Borders has been inspired by this years Paralympic Games, and is hoping to compete in 2016.

The 16-year-old was left paralysed after breaking her spine two years ago. Samantha was helping to clear snow on her family farm when she was crushed by falling ice and snow.

She was flown to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow where she spent the next six months recovering.

Before the accident Samantha was very athletic, taking part in hockey, ballet and gymnastics. Her physiotherapist acknowledged Samantha's love of sport and took her to the National Centre for Disability Sport in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.

It was here where she found her new love-wheelchair racing. At a wheelchair event at the mini London marathon, she finished second behind the current British junior champion.

Samantha then returned home and started back at Earlston High School.

She's now aiming for the Paralympics in Rio in four years times, and along with her studying, she's training six nights a week to achieve her dream.