December 13 - Samantha Kinghorn has become the star of a new atmospheric short film released today depicting the Scottish wheelchair racer's life as she makes her journey to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The movie, created by Glasgow 2014 legal advisor Harper Macleod for its athlete ambassador, takes a behind the scenes look at the 17-year-old's life, following her training and relationship with coach Ian Mirfin, who has helped take the athlete from beginner to elite competitor in less than two years.
During filming Kinghorn clocked more than 20 kilometres on the roads around her home village of Gordon, as well as on the track at Tweedbank, Galashiels, where she trains, and at one point, on the downhill stretch seen in the film, hit almost 66 kilometres per hour, a personal best in her racing chair.
She was one of the first group of athletes to confirm their place as part of Team Scotland for Glasgow 2014 and will compete in the T53/T54 1,500 metres at the event next summer.
"Working with the crew to make this film was an amazing experience," Kinghorn, who holds the national record in her class at every distance, said.
"It was a long, tiring day, working from sunrise to way past sunset but it was worth it to see the end result.
"It just goes to show that, whether it's filming or training, there's always a lot of hard work that you don't see, but that leads to just a few seconds or minutes of action that both you and everyone else can enjoy.
"It also shows that you can't succeed on your own, and I know I wouldn't be close to competing at an event such as the Commonwealth Games if it wasn't for the support of my family, Ian and everyone else around me."
Harper Macleod chief executive Martin Darroch added that he is "extremely proud" to have Kinghorn as the athlete ambassador for Glasgow 2014 and said the film "reflects the skill, dedication, passion and partnerships that are required to deliver truly world class results, both in athletics and in the wider world".
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