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Borders wheelchair athlete Samantha Kinghorn is preparing to take on world class competitors thanks to support from the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.

The 17-year-old from Gordon, who is part of Scotland's Commonwealth Games squad, picked up a cheque for £750 at the trust's Meigle Fun Run last Friday to go towards her travelling costs for a top event in Switzerland next month. Samantha said: "It is a blindingly fast track I will be competing on against some athletes from across the globe. "Without the support of the trust, I would struggle to be able to go. "This event will hopefully improve my times and make the Commonwealth Games." Samantha suffered a broken back in December 2010 after snow and ice from a roof fell on top of her at the family's farm. However, the teenager bravely fought back and has developed into an emerging wheelchair star. She was recently classified in the T53 section, and needs to make the qualifying time in the 1,500 metres on three occasions to make next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However, it should be a straight forward task for Samantha, who also has her eyes set on Rio De Janiero for the 2016 Paralympics. A spokesman for the trust said: "We are delighted to support Samantha and are looking forward to seeing her compete on the international stage in years to come." For more information on the trust, which now accepts applications from young sporting talent from across the Scottish Borders.

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