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Borders girl aims for 2016 Paralympics

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.

However, in just five months she has risen through the ranks as a paralympic hopeful for wheelchair racing at Rio de Janeiro in four years time.

Border teen's Paralympic ambition

Samantha Kinghorn Credit: ITV Border

A 16-year old from the Scottish Borders says she wants to compete in wheelchair racing at the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro.

After watching the likes of David Weir compete for Team GB in London, Samantha says she hopes to represent Britain in 2016.

2 years ago, Samantha was crushed by snow and ice when she was helping to clear a path at her farm in Gordon. She broke her spine, and was told she will never walk again.

She began wheelchair racing after being introduced to the sport in hospital. She is already British Junior Champion.


Bronze medallist James Clegg comes last in his second Paralympic final

James Clegg warms up before the 100m freestyle final Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

James Clegg came last in his 100m freestyle swimming final last night. The swimmer from Newcastleton in the Scottish Borders won bronze in the butterfly event on Sunday - before his elder sister Libby won a silver medal in the athletics 100m sprint on the same evening.

Paralympics: the family all racing the clock

Sister and brother Libby and James Clegg from the Borders won medals within an hour of each other, in different Paralympics events - meaning a mad dash between venues for their mother.

For rights reasons, some of the footage from Dan Ashby's report has been removed. Credit for images of James Clegg: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire. Credit for images of Libby Clegg: David Davies/PA Wire.


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