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Commonwealth Games star Sammi signs up again with Harper Macleod

Harper Macleod has made a significant commitment to its Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy by extending its support of 19-year-old wheelchair racer Samantha 'Sammi' Kinghorn.


Sammi, who starred for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games and is a top British Paralympic prospect, has been Harper Macleod's Athlete Ambassador for the past year and has signed up to continue in the role in 2015, as she prepares for the World Championships in Doha in October.

The 18-year-old wheelchair racer from the Scottish Borders, who finished fifth in the final of the T54 1500m at Hampden before going on to become a triple European champion in August, has another massive year ahead.

And she is delighted to renew her association with Harper Macleod, one of Scotland's leading law firms and Legal Advisers to Glasgow 2014, which supported her throughout the build up to the Games. The relationship has been extremely successful for both parties, with Sammi exceeding her goal at Hampden and Harper Macleod helping the Organising Committee deliver what has widely been regarded as the best ever Commonwealth Games.

Sammi said: "I'm so happy to continue to work with Harper Macleod. Over the past year I've met loads of people within the firm and they've been so friendly and got behind me so much that it's been a great experience. Team Kinghorn and Team HM have come together and it feels like I'm part of the firm. I'm proud to represent Harper Macleod and do my best to repay their faith in me.

"Wheelchair racing is an expensive sport. The training is intensive and I have to do a lot of travelling to get the high level competition I require. Having the support of businesses such as Harper Macleod means so much and it's great that we are continuing to work together."

Earlier this month, Sammi was also included on the British Athletics list for funding in the year ahead. Sammi is in the top tier of the Paralympic Podium Potential Funding category, which sees her among those tipped for medals at future Paralympic Games.

Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, said: "Getting to know Sammi, her family and support team, and sharing her journey to the Commonwealth Games final was one of the highlights of the firm's association with Glasgow 2014. I know it embarrasses her to hear people saying this, but she really is inspirational as anyone who meets her will confirm.

"Glasgow 2014 has created a great legacy for the firm, both from the work that we did as legal advisers and the experience we had as a sponsor of the Games. Continuing to support Sammi and share in the next part of her adventure is a great way to keep the legacy of the Games alive for the firm and our clients, who have also come to be supporters of Sammi. What she has achieved so far is exceptional, and we are delighted to be able to play a small part in helping her to fulfil the next stage of her ambitions – World Championship and Paralympic success."

The short film Harper Macleod made about Sammi during her preparations for Glasgow 2014 has already had more than 12,000 views on YouTube, as well as being shortlisted in the Online Film category at the Scottish Creative Awards.

Sammi, from the village of Gordon in the Scottish Borders, was injured in an accident in December 2010 and spent five months in the Spinal Injuries Unit of Glasgow's Southern General Hospital.

Since trying wheelchair racing at the national centre for disability sports at Stoke Mandeville almost three years ago, she has gone from novice to elite competitor with unprecedented speed. Sammi is coached by Ian Mirfin, founder of The Red Star Athletics Club in Glasgow, the country's premier club for athletes with disabilities.

Ian, recently named sportscotland Disability Coach of the Year, said: "The support of HM has exceeded our expectations and has provided Sammi with a wide range of opportunities. HM and Sammi are a great fit with both being young, vibrant and driven to achieve. Support from HM has been practical and developmental whilst unobtrusive. Both Sammi and I are delighted that the relationship with HM is continuing and look forward to reaping the benefits of the fabulous support Sammi has received through this association."