Borders pupils name Commonwealth wheelchair

A wheelchair that a Scottish Borders athlete will use to race in the Commonwealth Games has been named by pupils at a local school.

Commonwealth wheelchair named by Borders pupils

Now, many of us will be watching the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, but one Scottish Borders school will be watching even more closely, after naming a wheelchair that will be used in the games.

Wheelchair Racer Samantha Kinghorn, who is from Gordon, paid a visit to Lauder Primary School this morning with her new racing wheels, and to tell pupils what name she picked. Jenny Longden reports

Wheelchair racer wanted to 'give something back' to pupils

Wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn says she decided to let Lauder Primary School pupils name her new racing chair, because they raised money that helped her buy it.

The P7 pupils raised £500 for Samantha 2 years ago.

Today, she visited the school with the new chair, and announced the winner of a competition to name it.

Amy MacDougal came up with the winning name 'Poppy'.

"When they were in P5 they raised £500, I thought it was pretty amazing that they raised that much money. They had done something really amazing for me, so I thought I would give them chance to see their name on a chair that is going to be racing in the Commonwealth Games."

– Samantha Kinghorn

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Scottish Borders kids name Commonwealth wheelchair

A wheelchair that a Scottish Borders athlete will use to race in the Commonwealth Games has been named by pupils at a local school.

Samantha Kinghorn from Gordon has been picked to compete for Scotland in wheelchair racing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She has a brand new chair to use and today, she took the chair to Lauder Primary school.

The children were asked to name the chair in a competition, and the chosen name is Poppy.The chair has been adorned with its new name.

Wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn and pupils from Lauder Primary School with 'Poppy' the wheelchair. Credit: ITV News