Samantha 'Sammi' Kinghorn is Scotland's leading female wheelchair racer and Harper Macleod's Athlete Ambassador. 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.
February just flew past and it was a fun and interesting month. Although I'm now coming towards the end of winter training my sessions are currently still long endurance work – putting in the hard work that will help to set me up for the season to come. I will be starting speed work next month which I'm really looking forward to as then I'll be able to see if my winter training has paid off. Plus the racing begins and I can't wait for that!
I had an incredible experience in early March when I was asked by Spinal Injuries Scotland to speak at their yearly Oil and Gas Quiz, one of their biggest annual charity events which is held in both Aberdeen and London on the same night. It was an incredible evening and I had the privilege of meeting Her Royal Highness Princess Anne (again), who is the Honorary President of SIS. and so many other amazing people. It was a great confidence booster for my inspirational speaking.
The week before that I was really honoured to win two awards at the Celebration of Sport awards in Peebles – lifting trophies for Inspirational Performer of the Year and Sports Personality of the Year after a public vote. I was also lucky enough to win the raffle, picking up a signed Mo Farah shirt – it was just another amazing night.
At end of the February I was also at a GB squad weekend, held in Saint Georges Park, which really excited me for the rest of the racing year. It has encouraged me to push even harder in the hope of securing my place in the squad for World Championships in Doha, which will take place during October.
I have until September to wait until I find out if I am selected – it seems far off but it means I have plenty of time to set A standards for selection. We also got a chance to see a digital preview of Rio where the next Paralympics will be held in 2016; where we are staying and racing. It looks beautiful and I cannot wait to see more.
Finally, but possibly the most exciting news - lambing has officially started!!! I cannot wait to do my first shift.