Harper Macleod, Legal Adviser to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, has joined forces with its Athlete Ambassador Samantha Kinghorn to make a breathtaking short film giving a glimpse behind the scenes of the wheelchair racer’s life.
Filmed at and around the Borders farm where the 17-year-old lives with her parents, Elaine and Neil, the film gives a stunning snapshot of what makes Sammi such a successful competitor.
The film also focuses on the athlete’s relationship with her coach Ian Mirfin, who has helped take Sammi from absolute beginner to elite competitor in less than two years.
Since being introduced to the sport in 2011, Sammi’s rise has been meteoric. She holds the national record in her class at every distance, and was one of the first group of athletes to confirm their place as part of Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.
During filming Sammi clocked more than 20 kilometres on the roads around her home village of Gordon, as well as on the track at Tweedbank, Galashiels, where she trains.
At one point, on the downhill stretch seen in the film, she hit almost 66kph, a new personal best in her racing chair.
Sammi, who will compete in the T53/T54 1500m in Glasgow next summer, said: “Working with the crew to make this film was an amazing experience. It was a long, tiring day, working from sunrise to way past sunset but it was worth it to see the end result. It just goes to show that, whether it’s filming or training, there’s always a lot of hard work that you don’t see, but that leads to just a few seconds or minutes of action that both you and everyone else can enjoy.
“It also shows that you can’t succeed on your own, and I know I wouldn’t be close to competing at an event such as the Commonwealth Games if it wasn’t for the support of my family, Ian and everyone else around me.”
Martin Darroch, Chief Executive of Harper Macleod, said: “We’re extremely proud to have Sammi as our Athlete Ambassador for Glasgow 2014. This film reflects the skill, dedication, passion and partnerships that are required to deliver truly world class results, both in athletics and in the wider world.
“It underpins our belief - for 2014 and beyond - that greatness begins behind the scenes.”
To see the film and find out more about Sammi, visit www.harpermacleod.co.uk/glasgow2014
You can also preview the film on YouTube at http://tscot.co/KinghornHM