BORDERS wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn has been named ISHGA Para Athlete of the Year at the 10th Anniversary Scottish Women in Sport Awards held at The Radisson Blu Hotel, Argyle St, Glasgow on Friday November 24.

Sammi has had a phenomenal year, where she set personal bests in the 200m, 400m, 1500m and Half Marathon. She won gold in the 100m at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, plus Silver in the 400m, 800m and Universal Relay.

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She beat off competition from Joanna Butterfield (Wheelchair Curling) and Hope Gordon (Paracanoeing) to lift the award.

Other winners included Beth Potter who took the main Scottish Women in Sport ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ title for her triathlon exploits but of course previously had around 15 years in athletics.

And Isla Hedley, selected for Scotland for the Liverpool XC, was ‘Young Sportswoman of the Year’ for her triathlon achievements.

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Eilidh Doyle landed the special award as SWiS ‘Pioneer in Sport’ following a glittering career in terms of medals as well as being a marvellous role model.

In that category, Leslie Roy and Margaret Brown were short-listed for their long-standing service to athletics in Scotland.

The Active Scotland Most Valuable Partnership award saw a shortlisting for jogscotland and SAMH.

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The partnership, started in 2017, has seen our recreational running groups work with the charity to promote the mental health benefits of group running, including mental health awareness training for jog leaders and other initiatives.

Caroline Johnston of Red Star AC was nominated for the UWS Volunteer of the Year award, recognising more than a decade of dedication to the development of disability sport at the club and across the West of Scotland.