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Samantha Kinghorn "absolutely ecstatic"

At 17-years-old Samantha Kinghorn is the youngest person to be chosen for the 2014 Commonwealth Games team.

She took up wheelchair racing after an accident at her family farm left her paralysed in 2010.

"I'm absolutely ecstatic. I hoped I would be selected, but actually seeing it written on the screen is amazing.

"When I started 2 years ago I thought it would be a little hobby to take me out, I didn't ever think it would take me this far but I am so pleased it has."

– Samantha Kinghorn

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Border athletes picked for Commonwealth squad

Samantha Kinghorn Credit: ITV News Border

Four Athletes from the Borders will be representing Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Para-athletes Samantha Kinghorn, a wheelchair racer from Gordon and Libby Clegg, a paralympic runner from Newcastleton will be representing Team Scotland, as will runners Guy Learmonth from Berwick and Chris O'Hare from West Linton.

27 sportsmen and women have been named in the first round of the team selection, with 300 days to go until the Commonwealth Games begin.

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.

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.

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