The 2017 season was undoubtedly Kinghorn’s most successful yet.
The Scot, who completes in the T53 class, broke her first ever world record over 200m at the Arizona Grand Prix in May that year, then claimed three European records in Switzerland before heading to the London 2017 World Championships.
Competing in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T53, she clinched gold in both of the shorter sprints as well as bronze over one lap.
Kinghorn also knocked a further 0.06 seconds off her 200m world record as she saw off a highly competitive field including the likes of Australia’s defending champion Angie Ballard.
Kinghorn took up Para athletics in 2011 a year after fracturing her spinal cord in an accident on her family’s farm. She made her senior international debut in 2014 at the European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, where she claimed three gold medals.
A year later at the Doha 2015 World Championships Kinghorn best placed finish was third in the 200m T53, while at the Rio Paralympic Games she finished out of the medals.
After her success at the London 2017 World Championships, Kinghorn turned her attention to the roads and made her marathon debut in Chicago, USA, in October where she finished fifth. She plans to race the distance at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.
Kinghorn was named 2017 Scottish Sportsperson of the Year – the first Para sport athlete to take the top award in its 15-year history.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2017 she was named Para Athlete of the Year by Scottish Athletics. (scotstats.net, 01 Jan 2019)
She was named Scottish Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 at the Team Scotland Scottish Sports Awards. (skysports.com, 27 Sep 2017; scotsman.com, 22 Sep 2017)
In 2015 and 2017 she won the Findley Calder Trophy from Scottish Disability Sport. (scottishdisabilitysport.com, 01 Jan 2019)
In 2017 she was named Sportsperson of the Year in Glasgow, Scotland. (scottishdisabilitysport.com, 07 Feb 2018)
She was named the 2015 Scotswoman of the Year by the Evening Times newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland. (heraldscotland.com, 20 Mar 2016)
She was named the 2013 Athlete with an Impairment of the Year at the Scottish Sports Personality of the Year Awards. (eveningtimes.co.uk, 03 Mar 2014)
She feels there is more expectation for her to perform well since establishing herself as an elite Para athlete, but also believes that she has learned how to deal with pressure and nerves. "I'm at the stage where people are beginning to expect things from me. I go to an event and it's not the same as when I was 17 because people are expecting me to come home with medals now. Now though, I'm used to that. I know I'll probably feel really horrible on the day of the race but I always tell myself I feel like that because I'm passionate about my sport and it's because I want to do well. It's just adrenaline and as soon as the gun goes, I'm in my element and I'm doing what I love. In those hours before the race, you do wonder why you do it but then when the race starts, I know exactly why I do it." (heraldscotland.com, 09 Sep 2018, 01 Apr 2018)
She grew up on her family's farm near Gordon, Scotland, and from age five she began delivering lambs. "Things like helping out with the night lambing I can no longer do because I can't miss training the next day. It is heartbreaking because it is something I really enjoy. When I was a kid, I would take time out of school and my friend and I would do night lambing. We would stay awake all night so that my dad could sleep and then do the whole day." In 2020 her father gifted her a pet lamb named Ruby. "My dad would never get me one [when she was younger] because they are like a baby and you have to feed them through the night. For now she [Ruby] will live on the farm and hopefully have lambs in the next few years but one day I would really love to have my own piece of land so I can have her outside my door." (heraldscotland.com, 20 Mar 2016; paralympic.org, 14 May 2020; Instagram profile, 12 Jan 2021)
|Women's 200 m T53||Final 1||2015-10-22||3|
|Women's 200 m T53||Heat 1||2015-10-22||2|
|Women's 100 m T53||Heat 1||2015-10-23||4|
|Women's 100 m T53||Final 1||2015-10-24||5|
|Women's 400 m T53||Final 1||2015-10-25||6|
|Women's 400 m T53||Heat 2||2015-10-25||7|
|Women's 800 m T53||Heat 1||2015-10-26||8|
|Women's 800 m T53||Final 1||2015-10-27||7|
|Women's 100 m T53||Heat 1||2016-09-08||2|
|Women's 100 m T53||Final Round||2016-09-08||5|
|Women's 400 m T53||Heat 1||2016-09-10||4|
|Women's 400 m T53||Final Round||2016-09-11||9999|
|Women's 800 m T53||Final Round||2016-09-17||6|
|Women's 800 m T53||Heat 2||2016-09-17||3|
|Women's 200 m T53||Final 1||2017-07-15||1|
|Women's 400 m T53||Heat 1||2017-07-18||4|
|Women's 400 m T53||Final 1||2017-07-19||3|
|Women's 800 m T53||Final 1||2017-07-23||5|
|Women's 100 m T53||Final 1||2017-07-23||1|