Forklift accident leads athlete to Rio

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- 11 Aug 2016 ( #782 ) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Samantha Kinghorn get her Rio kit
Samantha Kinghorn get her Rio kit
A forklift accident changed the life of British athlete Samantha Kinghorn, who will represent her country in the Paralympics.

Kinghorn, 20, grew up in the Scottish Borders region and regularly helped out on the family farm.

In November 2010, when Samantha was 14, she climbed on her father's moving forklift in the snow and was squashed under a heavy bucket of snow when her father lowered the forks, unaware of her presence.

That accident left her paralysed from the waist down and she became obsessed with wheelchair racing, training for six days a week in all seasons, on the roads surrounding her family's farm.

At 18, Kinghorn won three gold medals at the European Championships and on July 26, she was named as one of the 25 British athletes who will be flown to Rio de Janeiro to compete in the Paralympics this month.
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