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The end of a year of highlights

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.

At the end of a year of highlights, December promised to be a very nice month with so many things to look forward to. The month started with me being to invited to do a reading for the Christmas Service which was aired on BBC Scotland on Christmas Eve. A bunch of Commonwealth Games athletes took part and it was a real honour and really nice to watch on Christmas Eve.

I then took my first train trip to Inverness with Janice (my coach's wife) who is chair of Scottish Disability Sport. We travelled up to do a disability inclusion course for teachers, just to show them how easy it is to include a wide range of different disabilities so that they feel like they are getting equal opportunities in PE. It was really great. I got an opportunity to tell my story and my experience with PE before I had a disability then with a disability, and how my teachers included me.

On the 7th of December I got to switch on the Christmas lights on in my home town of Earlston, which was just a lovely thing to do. Even though it was a horrible night for it there were still loads of people out to watch and it was great to see all the children getting very excited about the lights and the thought that Christmas was coming.

Then it was time for the most exciting event of the month - me and Connor were invited to the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Glasgow. It really was incredible. I was within touching distance of Lewis Hamilton's racing car and the event was amazing. I was just so privileged to be in the same room and to be seen on the same sporting level as all those amazing sportswomen and men. I got to meet so many of my role models and I even met Kenny Dalglish as he was sitting behind us and I accidentally elbowed him the face just before he went on stage – I am smooth!

Ahead of Christmas I was invited to the Scottish Borders Council offices to receive a token for what I had achieved this year. I always say I do the sport for the love of the sport but its always lovely when you get noticed for doing well.

My training has also been getting very intense, with some nice long sessions, but I did get a few days off at Christmas to spend some time with my loved ones, which was really nice. That's me back training now in 2015. Let's hope it's a great year and I manage to achieve all the goals I have set out for myself.

Happy New Year To All.