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"I didn't ever think I'd be racing for my country"

Samantha in training Credit: ITV News Border

Samantha Kinghorn says it has still not sunk in that she will represent her country at the Commonwealth Games next year.

The 17-year-old wheelchair racer is the youngest member of the Scottish squad.

She said:

"We got a letter through the door. It is crazy because when I came into sport I just wanted to meet people that had gone through the same thing as me.

"I didn't think that I could be racing for my country. It is just absolutely amazing when you have actually been selected for the commonwealth squad. I keep thinking, "is this actually happening to me?"

Borders wheelchair racing champ targets 2014 Commonwealth Games

Samantha Kinghorn Credit: ITV News Border

Scottish Borders wheelchair racing champion Samantha Kinghorn has won five gold medals at the English Federation of Disability Sport Championships in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metre titles.

The 17-year-old, form Gordon, will also represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Two years ago Samantha was helping to clear snow on her family farm when she was crushed by falling ice and snow.

The accident broke her spine, leaving her paralysed and she was told she would never walk again.

During her six months of recovery in hospital, she used her love of sport to help with her rehabilitation.

Samantha then visited the National Centre for Disability Sport in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, which is when she discovered wheelchair racing.

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