Hollie Beth Arnold, born June 26, 1994, is a British disabled athlete specializing in the F46 javelin. In 2018, she became the second disabled athlete, after Sophie Hahn, to win Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth gold in the same event.
Arnold was born on June 26, 1994 without a right forearm1 in Lincolnshire in 1994 and raised in Holton-le-Clay. While attending a Star Track athletics class during her summer vacation, she discovered a skill in the javelin. She then joined the Cleethorpes Athletic Club, but then left for Hengoed in Wales to be closer to her former athletics coach1. In 2017, she moved to train at Loughborough University.
During her first participation in a handisport championships at age 11, she won seven gold medals in several events3. In 2008, at the age of 14, she was selected to represent Great Britain at the Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, finishing 11th in the F42-46 javelin throw. She was then the youngest member of the Great Britain team in 20083. The following year, she won her first significant medals by competing at the 2009 IWAS World Junior Championships in Switzerland, winning silver in the F46 disc and the bronze javelin F462. 2009 was the last year Arnold competed in the Discus Throw Championships, then focusing entirely on the javelin. The following year, she won a second silver medal in the javelin at the 2010 IWAS World Junior Championships, then the gold medal at the 2011 Championship in Dubai2. In 2011, Arnold joined the Great Britain team at the World Disabled Athletics Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand where she finished third in the F46 javelin, winning the bronze medal2. In 2012, she climbed one step on the podium and won the silver medal at the World Handisport Championships2. She achieved her personal best in the F46 javelin in June 2012 with a throw of 35.88m at the Welsh Championships in Cardiff, placing her world number two in her event ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games.4 She improved her personal best at the Paralympic Games in Cardiff. summer of 2012 in London with a throw of 36.27m. On July 22, Arnold participates in the World Disabled Athletics Championships in Lyon. She wins gold with a throw of 37.45m, breaking her personal best for the third time in a year.
In 2014, while Arnold was preparing for the European Handisport Championships in Swansea, she was informed that due to a lack of competitors, her F46 event was deleted from the event. His next chance to win a major international medal was then postponed to the 2015 World Handisport Athletics Championships in Doha. There she throws a record 40.53m to retain her gold medal.
In September 2016, Arnold won the gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro with a world record of 43.01m7. She was then appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) during the New Year 2017 for services rendered to athletics8.
In April 2018, Arnold won the gold medal in the F46 javelin throw at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, setting a new world record at 44.43m.
Hollie Arnold is the first star launched from I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
Hollie Arnold became the first celebrity to leave the “I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here!” Camp.
The 26-year-old Paralympic athlete was kicked off the ITV reality show on Friday (11/27/20), after audiences voted for the people they wanted to see stay in the camp – which takes place at Gwrych Castle in North Wales this year – and she received the fewest votes.
Speaking after the results were announced, she said: “I am devastated. Yeah. But one of us has to go, right? Honestly, it was the best experience I have ever had.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, so it was like, ‘Go ahead and enjoy it for just one minute.’ This is a crazy opportunity for me, and to meet these 11 amazing people… I can’t thank them enough, I love them. I miss them already, really really.
And Hollie even admitted that she “felt” she might be the first celebrity to leave the camp.
She told the Ant and Dec hosts, “I kind of felt like maybe it was me. I feel a little superstitious, and I said to myself that when you said the names, I was like, “It’s going to be me, it’s going to be me.” But honestly, I love everyone in there and I love what their values and friendships are and what they mean to me. I will never forget this experience, never. ”
At the end of her exit interview, Hollie named BBC Radio 1’s DJ Jordan North as the person she would most like to see walk away as King of the Castle when the series comes to an end next Friday (04.12 .20).