Hollie Arnold

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Hollie Arnold
Hollie Arnold with Paralympic gold medal.jpg
Hollie Arnold with her 2016 Paralympic gold medal
Personal information
Birth nameHollie Beth Arnold[1]
Born (1994-06-26) 26 June 1994 (age 26)
Holton-le-Clay, Lincolnshire, England
Country Great Britain
Disability classF46
ClubBlackheath and Bromley AC
Coached byDavid Turner
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals2008, 2012, 2016
Highest world ranking1st
Personal best(s)Javelin 44.73m[2]

Hollie Beth Arnold, MBE (born 26 June 1994) is a British parasport athlete competing in category F46 javelin. Although born in Grimsby, she now lives and trains in Loughborough. She represents Wales in the Commonwealth Games. Arnold was the youngest ever field athlete to ever compete in the Paralympics/Olympics, at the age of 14 at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing throwing a personal best. She also threw a personal best in 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. She took the gold medal in the F46 javelin in the 2016 Summer Paralympics at Rio, also throwing a new world record at the same time. In 2018 she became the first ever Javelin thrower in history to hold all four major titles in the same Paralympic/Olympic 4 year cycle: Rio Paralympics and World Record 2016, London World Championships and world record 2017, Berlin European Championships and course record 2018 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and world record 2018. She also holds four consecutive world titles: 2013 Lyon, 2015 Doha, 2017 London and 2019 Dubai.[2]

Hollie Arnold is an Ambassador for two charities: Caudwell Children and St Andrews Hospice, in Grimsby where she was born. In November 2020, it was announced that Arnold would be taking part in the twentieth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! [3]

Personal life[edit]

Arnold was born in Lincolnshire in 1994, growing up in Holton-le-Clay. She was born without her right forearm.[4] When attending a Star Track Athletics course during her Summer holidays she discovered an ability at the javelin.[5] She joined Cleethorpes Athletic Club, but later moved to Hengoed in Wales to be near her former athletics coach.[4] In 2017 she relocated to train with her present coach at Loughborough University.[5]

Athletics career[edit]

Her first disability sports event was at the age of 11, winning seven gold medals across several events.[6] 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 women's F42-46 javelin. She was the youngest member of the 2008 Great Britain team.[6] The next year she won her first significant medals when she competed in the 2009 IWAS World Junior Championships in Switzerland, winning silver in the F46 discus and bronze in the F46 javelin.[5] 2009 was the last year Arnold competed at championships in discus, concentrating fully on the javelin.[7] The following year she improved on her javelin medal when she took silver at the 2010 IWAS World Junior Championship and then took gold at the 2011 Championship which was held in Dubai.[5] The year 2011 saw Arnold step up to the senior level representing Britain at the IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand; she finished third in the F46 javelin, taking the bronze medal.[5] In 2012, she took the silver medal at the IPC Championships.[5] Her personal best at F46 javelin was recorded at 35.88m in June 2012 at the Welsh Championships in Cardiff, ranking her as the world number two in her event going into the 2012 Paralympics.[7] Arnold's personal best was increased at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London with a throw of 36.27m. On 22 July 2013, Arnold competed in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. She won gold with a winning throw of 37.45m, furthering her personal best.

In 2014, Arnold was preparing for the buildup to the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, hoping to improve on the silver medal she won in Stadskanaal two years prior. With only a few weeks to the event, Arnold was informed that due to a lack of competitors her F46 event had been removed.[8] Her next chance for a major international medal came at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, where she threw a championship record distance of 40.53 to retain her gold medal.[9]

In September 2016, Arnold won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro with a world record throw of 43.01 metres.[10]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to field athletics.[11]

In April 2018, Arnold won the gold medal with a world record throw of 44.43 metres at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, where she represented Wales.[12][13]


  1. ^ McDonald, Margie (23 August 2012). "World Champion Willing to take Pressure". paralympic.org.au. Archived from the original on 5 January 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Hollie Arnold wins fourth world javelin gold in Dubai". Athletics Weekly. 11 November 2019.
  3. ^ "I'm a Celebrity Lineup Confirmed". itv.com. 8 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Hollie Arnold and Jamie Carter thrilled to be selected for London 2012 Paralympic Games". Grimsby Telegraph. 11 July 2012. Archived from the original on 16 July 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Arnold, Hollie". paralympics.org.uk. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Arriva Trains Wales is getting behind Llanbradach athlete Hollie Arnold". arrivatrainswales.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 May 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Hollie Arnold". thepowerof10.info. Retrieved 21 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Hollie Arnold's European medal dream is snatched away as IPC remove F46 javelin from championships". Grimsby Telegraph. 6 August 2014. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Results – Women's Javelin throw F46 Final". IPC. 31 October 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Paralympics 2016: Great Britain match London 2012 gold-medal tally". BBC News. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  11. ^ "No. 61803". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2016. p. N15.
  12. ^ "Athletics: Para-sport Athletics - Women's F46 Javelin Throw". BBC Sport. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.[dead link]
  13. ^ "Hollie Arnold takes gold in a thrilling javelin final". Loughborough University. 9 April 2018.

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