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Golden Girl – CW Challenger and New World Record Holder, Sammi Kinghorn

A Record-Breaking Win for Another Christopher Ward Challenger.

Here in the Christopher Ward office we’re still on a high from the coverage of the World Para-Athletics Championships, and more specifically, Sammi Kinghorn’s world record-breaking win in the T53 200m! Sammi set the record with a fantastic time of 28.61 seconds. And that wasn’t all; she then secured another gold in the 100m event, in addition to a bronze for the 400m – a remarkable haul that helped Great Britain to its highest medal tally in 29 years!

Sammi is one of our Challengers, and has been part of the programme since 2015. Having previously won three European Championship gold medals in 2014 and a World Championship bronze in 2015, we saw her energy, drive and passion in her sport, and wanted to support her to achieve her ambitions, through our Challenger Programme.

Set up as a different kind of sponsorship scheme, the Challenger Programme was established to support British talent and ensure that the under-dog gets the air time they deserve. Through the Programme we hope to support up-and-coming sportsmen and women achieve their goals, and we very much wanted to help support Sammi on her road to success.

Having worked with Sammi over the past few years on her rise to international glory, it has been rewarding to work with someone so inspirational.

Sammi started her career in wheelchair racing after an accident on her family farm, when she was just 14-years-old, left her paralysed. Sammi broke her back when she was accidentally crushed under the beam of a forklift truck as she helped clear deep snow and ice from their family farm in Scotland. Sammi spent six months in hospital where she was told she would never be able to walk again. A keen hockey player, gymnast and ballerina, her physiotherapist recognised Sammi was athletic and took her to the national centre for disability sports, Stoke Mandeville. Sammi fell in love with wheelchair racing and hasn’t let anything stand in her way of her achieving her dreams since. It has been such a privilege to watch her set records and win medals.

See you on the other side
As the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games draw near, Sammi provides one final update from Down Under, where she covers her preparations, training music – and koalas!

How to overcome challengers to achieve your goals
In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games in Australia, we spoke to Sammi about her tips on how to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. .

My countdown to the Commonweath Games
We caught up with double world champion, Scottish Sportsperson of the Year 2017 and Christopher Ward Challenger, Sammi Kinghorn, in the lead-up to her latest challenge – the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

From Sprints to Marathon in just over 2 months!
Working hard to transition from short sprints to full marathon distances, Sammi has been pushing through the pain barrier to confirm her spot on the plane to the Gold Coast Commonwealh Games. Here, she describes the trials and competition involved.

Countdown to a Marathon debut
Having won gold medals in both the 100m and 200m at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships, it’s safe to assume Sammi’s preference is for sprint events. But with her favourite events unavailable at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Sammi is preparing to go long distance…

Golden Girl – CW Challenger and New World Record Holder, Sammi Kinghorn
Our Challenger Programme was devised to help talented individuals realise their potential, and we are always delighted when our Challengers do just that; even more so, when individuals like Sammi break world records in the process. Discover more about Sammi’s monumental efforts at London’s Olympic Stadium.

Life After Rio
Returning from the Paralympics creates its own set of challenges for Sammi. Not only is there the reality of re-acclimatisation (Scotland is a little chillier than Brazil, surprisingly!), but for somebody brought up on a Berwickshire farm, there’s another big event to contend with: lambing season!