Samantha Kinghorn

19/06/18 11:56am

Samantha Kinghorn
Image: Samantha Kinghorn has big plans to make the headlines in Tokyo

Samantha Kinghorn has plenty of targets despite having already become the fastest wheelchair racer in Britain.

The Melrose athlete has joined the Sky Sports Scholarship program and cannot wait to utilise what it offers.

"I was so excited when I was told I had a place. I couldn't believe it as it's such an amazing team," she said.

"Wheelchair racing is an individual sport but when I race it's always really great to know I have support behind me so a team like Sky will make me so more confident.

"The financial benefit is such a great thing and means I can just concentrate on training and not having to make money on the side. Being mentored will also help me look into the future more and help me prepare which is so important."

Kinghorn has been grabbing the headlines for a few years having been crowned triple European champion in 2014 and won bronze at the 2015 World Championships.

She also made the finals in the 100, 200m and 800m at the Rio Paralympics last summer.

TOP FACTS

1) Born: 6 January 1996, Melrose
2) Triple European gold medalist in 2014
3) Fastest ever female British wheelchair racer in history

"Getting my first GB call-up at the European Championships two years ago was amazing," Kinghorn added.

"I won three golds and the whole experience was amazing. To be part of the team was great and to have a home crowd in Swansea made it even more special.

"The London World Championships this summer was another amazing event for me. I won 200m gold with a world record, I won bronze in the 400m and I was fifth in the 800m.

"This was the greatest experience by far. There is no greater pride for me than to pull on my GB vest and represent my country. To win my first major medals and to exceed everyone's expectations was also an amazing feeling."

So what lies in store for the queen of the track with another Paralympics less than three years away?

"I am looking to qualify for the Commonwealths in Australia next year. My event won't be there so I only have a 1500m and the marathon to go for. Then it will be straight back to sprints and aiming for the 2019 World Championships.

"Then of course it's the big one and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo 2020 where I hope to win a medal.

"I'm also keen on working out my future after sport by working with my athlete mentor and trying to balance my sport and studies. I'm so excited to meet the rest of the Scholar team and I hope to have a great relationship with Sky over the next few years."