Shelley Holroyd

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Shelley Holroyd
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Personal information
Full name Shelley Holroyd
Nationality British
Born (1973-05-17) 17 May 1973 (age 43)
Salford, England
Residence Greater Manchester
Country England, UK
Sport Athletics
Club Sale Harriers
Coached by William Nicholls (1986-1993),
Fatima Whitbread (1993-1995)
Retired 2006 due to injury
Now coaching Hayley Thomas
Achievements and titles
World finals 16th 1993 World Championships
Regional finals 1st
National finals 1st
Olympic finals 23rd
Highest world ranking 4th
Personal best(s) Official Javelin: 60.12m
(unofficial 65.40 & Standing throw 52m)

Shelley Holroyd (born 17 May 1973 in Salford, Lancashire, England) is a British javelin thrower.

Shelley Holroyd is the 6th British Javelin Thrower to throw over 60m (1993) and the first thrower to reach an Olympic Games since Tessa Sanderson. At the age of 23 Shelley had already competed in every major championship. She started throwing at the age of 12 and at 13 threw 37m58cm to win the English Schools Championships. At the age of 16 Shelley threw 52m50 and became a senior international athlete. In 1992 Shelley broke the English Schools record with 56m50 and it is still the longest throw of all time in the history of the English Schools Female Javelin. Later that year Holroyd was picked for the GB Junior team and subsequently came 4th at the World Junior Championships (1992) and was ranked Britains number 1 Thrower. In 1993 Holroyd threw 60m10cm to win the World Championship Trials and qualified for the World Championships, Stuttgart.

In March 1995 Holroyd was involved in a car accident that was deemed to be the end of her throwing career but she overcame her injuries to start training in July the same year. In December Holroyd was involved in a freak training accident and broke her right elbow. Once again the injury was threatening her career. February 1996 saw Holroyd come back from her injury and in July 1996 she qualified for the 1996 Great Britain Olympic team.

At the 1997 World Championships in Athens Holroyd became ill during the competition after having an allergic reaction to an injection and had to pull out. It was another year plagued with injuries.

After a 17-year-long spell as an international athlete Shelley retired in 2006 due to injury and moved into coaching. She now coaches Youth Olympian (2003) & former under 17 British record holder Hayley Thomas (Javelin).


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  United Kingdom and  England
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 4th 57.08 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 16th 57.66 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 21st 51.26 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, USA 27th 54.72 m

Domestic Championships[edit]

  • English Schools Champion 1986, 1991, 1992
  • North of England Champion 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005
  • UK Championships 1989 3rd, 1992 2nd, 1997 2nd
  • AAA's Champion 1993, 1994 2nd in 1996, 1998, 2005 3rd in 2000, 2004


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