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Tonsils and tinsel - from a Scottish record to Christmas with the Kinghorns

Samantha 'Sammi' Kinghorn is Scotland's leading female wheelchair racer, and the Athlete Ambassador for Harper Macleod. Every month, the Commonwealth Games finalist and triple European champion shares the latest from her world as she prepares for her next big challenge – the 2015 World Championships in Doha.

Sammi Kinghorn Alex Salmond

The last month has been a real whirlwind with lots of ups and downs. Starting with the ups, I had my last race of the year in the Jedburgh 10k and even with the hurricane winds I managed to set a new PB and Scottish record (26 minutes and 33 seconds) which I was really pleased about – especially as I beat my previous best time by 66 seconds.

Shortly after that I met Alex Salmond (in one of his last days as First Minister) as he came into the gym at Heriot Watt University where I train to announce that the Commonwealth Games had came in under budget - which was really great news because it meant the money will go further after the Games to keep the legacy going.

I'm also so pleased to say that I renewed my contract with Harper Macleod which means a lot to me - without the support I would not be where I am today.

Then, of course, it's award season. I won the Glasgow Council Senior Disability Sports Person of the Year and was a runner up in the Scottish Athletics under 20s award. My coach Ian Mirfin won sportcotland Disability Coach of the Year which he really deserves.

Training had been going really well and I was really enjoying the long slogs of winter training but the time came for my tonsillectomy. This meant that I had to take a few weeks off training which was very hard to do, but I'm pleased to say that's me now recovering nicely, getting back into training and getting very excited about Christmas coming and spending the day with my whole family.