GOLDEN girl Sammi Kinghorn is reaching for the Sky after landing a major new sponsorship deal. 

The world record holding wheelchair racer has been backed by Mattioli Woods since the early days of her career. 

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Now she has been named as one of 10 rising stars to benefit from the Sky Sports Scholarship Programme. 

The scheme provides young athletes with financial aid, sporting and business executive mentors, media training,personal development and work experience.

It follows her double gold success at the world para-athletics championships in London earlier this year and comes as she prepares for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Sammi, 21, was paralysed from the waist down following an accident at her parents’ farm in the Scottish Borders in 2011.

She said: “I am so pleased and honoured to be part of the Sky Sports Scholarship programme.This will mean a lot, not only financially but will help me forward plan for life beyond athletics through the support and mentoring which is part of the programme.

“I really appreciate all the support from my sponsors and suppliers and Sky provides another layer to this”.

Sammi’s coach Ian Mirfin and her mother, Elaine, have previously paid tribute to the long-standing support of Mattioli Woods without which, they said, “she would not have achieved her dreams”.


She will visit Mattioli Woods House on October 20 when staff will have the chance to talk to her and see the two gold medals she won in London. Sammi will also officially open the company’s new office in Glasgow on a date to be confirmed.

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