Paralympian Samantha Kinghorn, Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania and rugby & American Football coach Richie Gray will share their inspirational stories at a sporting dinner held jointly by Gala Cricket Club and the Rowan Boland Memorial Trust.

The dinner takes place in the Volunteer Hall in Galashiels on Saturday 6 April and is open to all – with tickets now available to buy.

The night will be MC’d by experienced event host and the man behind Happiness is Egg Shaped, Bruce Aitchison, with Samantha, Ryan and Richie – who all hail from the Borders – sharing their experiences in a Question & Answer format.

Music will be provided by the Singing Souters, while an auction and raffle are also expected to take place.

The event is mixed company so open to all, with full tables, half tables, couples and singles all welcome.

Tickets are priced at £50 and includes a three course meal. The dinner is a 6.30pm for 7pm start.

To buy your tickets, please contact either Scott Paterson (07834522358); Keith Irvine (07773142226) or Kenny Paterson (07913767871) or email

Samantha is from Gordon and is a double paralympic medalist and multiple world medalist, and most recently became a TV presenter on BBC Countryfile.

Ryan Mania of Clovenfords shot to fame when he won the Grand National in 2013, who then came out of retirement in 2019 to return to the sport he loves.

Galashiels’ Richie Gray is the founder of GSI Performance and has been an elite performance skills coach for a series of rugby and NFL teams, most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles where he went viral for his role in the team’s successful Brotherly Shove play.