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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!

 
BY SAMMI KINGHORN
SCOTTISH WHEELCHAIR RACER
 



It seems like a lifetime ago since I raced in Rio. I was really pleased to have achieved my aim of reaching all three finals and I had the bonus of setting a European record over 800m but I didn’t get much of a break post Rio, as I still had the Scottish 10k Championships at my local race in Jedburgh to train for. At this event I set a new National record of 22.00 minutes over the course, finishing first woman and third finisher overall, this is the fastest 10k by a Scot (man or woman). It was my only road race of the year and I was really pleased to be going so quickly.

Winter training then began in earnest from November onwards, although I had my traditional winter break from Christmas Eve past my birthday (I turned 21 in early January and celebrated with a big party) then a short sunny holiday in Lanzarote. I have been in heavy training mode since then and am looking forward to the forthcoming three weeks training in the sun in Tenerife from late March until mid-April. A number of athletes, both Paralympic and Olympic, will also be out with us so there will be some relaxation and fun as well as the hard technical work that I will put in.

A major change in my life took place at the beginning of March when I moved to Glasgow to be nearer to my coach and the support services offered by Scottish Athletics and the Scottish Institute of Sport. My major aim this year is to be selected for the World Championships to be held in London in July. Following this I will go into marathon training mode in an attempt to set a mark for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I will make my marathon debut in Chicago in October – wish me luck!! It is going to be a busy year!

As well as training I have been back down to the family farm as lambing is in full swing and it is one of my favourite times of the year. I still help dad out with lambing when I can as it is a very busy time with the number of sheep that we look after.

I have also been active in delivering workshops at the Scottish Disability Sport Coaching Conference and giving talks to school children and community groups. The Challenger Programme is pivotal in supporting emerging talent in a number of areas, so I understand how important it is to support and encourage others – this is something that I particularly enjoy and hope to develop over time.

Sammi Kinghorn is a Christopher Ward Challenger. To find out more about the Challenger programme, click here.





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