In December 2010 Samantha Kinghorn was crushed by snow and ice which fell from the roof at the family farm near Gordon in the Borders, breaking her back. She had emergency surgery and spent five months in hospital, but the injury to her spine left her paralysed from the waist down.
Physiotherapy led her to wheelchair racing, where she excelled, setting Scottish records and representing Scotland in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has since represented Team GB in the European Championships, winning Golds in the 100m, 400m an 800m, and she has qualified to take part in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Her inspiring story prompted Duns Rotary Club to put her forward for one of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards presented annually by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland and we are delighted that she was chosen as one of the winners. These awards were televised by the BBC and you can see Samantha and the other winners here.
The Rotary link doesn't stop there though. Samantha has been made an Honorary Member of the eClub of Southern Scotland, and we look forward to a long and inspiring relationship with her.
You can read more about the winners here.
Champions of Change
Congratulations to Grant Stephen, of the Rotary Club of Duns, and Robin Hamilton, of the Rotary Club of Dunbar, who were among the winners of this year's Champions of Change awards. Twelve awards were presented in a ceremony at the House of Lords, hosted by Baron Inglewood and presented by Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson.
Two well-deserved winners.
RotaKids at the Kelpies
The family of Rotary was out in full force when Rotary, Inner Wheel
and Rotaract came together to cheer on D1020's Rotakids on their 2 mile
walk to the Kelpies.
Everyone enjoyed it, and after drying out, all the kids were
presented with a medal by the RIBI President Peter Davey.
Royal Highland Show Wristbands
Last year the Rotary Club of Corstorphine
organised for the fifth successive year a wristband project at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.
record 188,000 people
visited the show, and over 6,500 wristbands
were issued to parents or guardians with
young children, with over 100 Rotarians and friends from clubs across
the district taking part over the four days. The parents write their
mobile number on the wristband enabling a rapid reunion should the
children and guardians be separated. The service was featured on the RHS
Facebook page, and quickly brought in appreciative comments.
Is Rotary for you? Have a look at this and see. If you think it is, why not contact a local club?