Hollie Arnold is a paralympic athlete on an exciting journey to Tokyo 2020. Now, Hollie is training hard on the road to Tokyo.

Hollie was born without a right hand and forearm.
From day one this never stopped her doing anything.

Hollie attended the local Primary and Secondary school and was an extremely happy and very sporty child at all schools.
Hollie swam, played football, cricket, basketball, netball, cross country; all at a high level, but her one true love was Athletics.

From aged 11 she attended Cleethorpes Athletic Club and this is where she started to throw the Javelin and Discus and also ran for the club.

She was County Champion at Javelin for her age group always competing against able bodied girls.

It was then suggested that Hollie might try Disability competitons and through Disability Sports Events she attended her first National Championships in Blackpool aged just 11.

Hollie came away from 7 events entered with 7 Gold Medals and 7 national records. At this competiton her coach  spoke about Hollie's potential to be a future Paralympic Athlete, but unfortunately Anthony coached in Wales so it was agreed to keep him in touch with Hollie's Progress.

It was there that Great Britain Athletics Team became aware of Hollie.

For the next few years Hollie carried on competing in able bodied competitions but also through her coach was invited to European Disability Competitons where she competed against adults who were the best in the world.

Hollie performed exceptionally in these competitons and managed to be just a few centimetres away from the 'A' standard to select Athletes for Beijing 2008.

Aged just 13 Hollie got the call, she had been selected to compete for Great Britain in Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

Hollie had not even competed for Great Britian before, so went straight into the top level at her first major competition.

Hollie came away 11th in a mixed categegory group and was the youngest ever athlete to compete in a Track & Field Paralympic event.

In 2010, Hollie's family made the major decision to relocate to Wales to give Hollie the best possible Coaching and training facilities.

Hollie continued her success gaining many medals in the World Junior and Senior Competitons and was then selected for London 2012 Paralympics aged just 18.

Hollie kept her composure under the pressure at her home games with 80,000 people cheering and screaming and managed a Lifetime Best throw of 36.27M putting her up to 5th in the Senior World Rankings.

In 2013 Hollie became World Champion repeating the success again in 2015 in Doha.

Following her success in Lyon, Hollie was nominated for the 2013 Young Athlete of the Year award by British Athletics. This recognised a massive achievement for Hollie as athletes usually nominated for this award are Olympians.

In 2016 Hollie broke two World Records on her way to becoming Paralympic champion, beating the previously held World Record of four years by 2 metres.

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Next Events
London 2017
Australia 2018

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