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World record-breaker Sammi’s a winner with Mattioli Woods’ staff

World record-breaker Sammi’s a winner with Mattioli Woods’ staff

GOLDEN girl Sammi Kinghorn marked her triumph on the global stage with a visit to long-term sponsor Mattioli Woods.

Sammi, 21, and coach Ian Mirfin spent time chatting to staff and senior executives at the company’s offices in Enderby.

They recalled her record-breaking performances at this summer’s para athletics championships in London.

The wheelchair racer landed gold medals in the 100m and 200m sprints events, and took bronze at 400m.

At Mattioli Woods House, Sammi gave a motivational talk charting her career - from the freak accident which left her paralysed in 2010, through to her world success and hopes for next year’s Commonwealth Games and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

She also took part in a questions-and-answers session alongside coach Ian who spoke of her “special talent”.

Earlier, Sammi had handed chief executive officer Ian Mattioli a signed commemorative picture of her setting a new world record time for the 200m event.

In a welcome address, Ian said Sammi’s visit to Leicester was a “celebration” of her prospering athletics career and summer of success.

During her two-hour stay, Sammi showed off her world para athletics championships medals, talked staff through TV reruns of the 100m and 200m races, and posed for pictures.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have met everyone at Mattioli Woods, who have been such a key supporter since the early days of my time in wheelchair racing. It’s been a pleasure to be here”.