Wednesday August 24, 2016
On the 16th of August, we had a very special day at our Pyramid Travel Products office. We were very fortunate to have the amazing opportunity to meet the stunning and very talented Paralympic athlete Samantha Kinghorn. She jets off to Rio this Thursday, to represent Team GB at the Paralympics. It is her very first Olympics and she appeared to be very excited about this incredible opportunity, and the prospect of bringing home a medal.
When Samantha entered our office she was an absolute pleasure. Only 20 years old and already she has so much ambition and drive.
She took part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where she competed in the 1500m. We asked her what the atmosphere was like and immediately she said:
“It was great, it allowed me to get more experience. The atmosphere was just amazing”
Samantha, in the harsh winter of 2010 was the victim of a tragic accident at her home in Gordon in the Scottish Borders, that left her paralysed from the waist down. She is now one of the best athletes to ever represent Britain and has become a true inspiration to us all, as she looks forward to achieving her dream of winning a medal at the Paralympics. We asked her who her inspiration was and without hesitation she replied, ‘family’. She added that they have always been so supportive of her. Her mum will be joining Samantha out in Rio, where Samantha added, ‘I also love the sun, so it’ll be nice.’
Samantha will be taking part in 3 events for the Paralympics; the 100, 400 and 800m sprint. She is most excited about the 400m. We asked her about her training for the Olympics and she told us that she does a lot of training locally, often on her own. However, most of her training takes place either in the town of Tweedbank, again situated in the Scottish Borders, or in Glasgow where her coach is located. Her training for Rio she told us has been quite intense, understandably.
We were also curious if Samantha would be able to explore much of Brazil during her time there. She told us that she is there for a full three weeks, however due to her events being quite spread out, she will only be left with approximately a week in which she hopes to do some exploring and site seeing. She also seemed very excited about the Team GB Charter flight, which will take her and her team-mates back to the UK once the Paralympics are over. She added that by then they will all be more relaxed and that they also receive free champagne on the flight. What’s not to like about that?
Samantha took away a goodie bag containing travel health essentials for her trip to Rio, which is a high risk area for the Zika Virus. We supplied her with; a mosquito net, DEET & DEET free insect repellents, travel soap and our Biox water treatment to ensure safe drinking water.
We wish you all the best Samantha and we will be cheering you on!