|Full name||Shelley Holroyd|
17 May 1973 |
|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|
|Highest world ranking||4th|
|Personal best(s)||Official Javelin: 60.12 m
(unofficial 65.40 & Standing throw 52 m)
Holroyd is the sixth British javelin thrower to throw over 60 m (1993) and the first thrower to reach an Olympic Games since Tessa Sanderson. At the age of 23 she 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 Holroyd threw 52m50 and became a senior international athlete. In 1992 she broke the English Schools record with 56m50 and it is still the longest throw in the history of the English Schools female javelin. Later that year Holroyd was picked for the GB Junior team and subsequently came fourth at the World Junior Championships (1992) and was ranked Britain's number one 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 she was involved in a freak training accident and broke her right elbow. Once again the injury threatened 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 spell as an international athlete Holroyd 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).
|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|
- 1989 European Junior Championships (Varaždin, Yugoslavia)
- 1991 European Junior Championships (Thessaloniki, Greece) 7th
- 1994 Commonwealth Games (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) Withdrew due to illness
- 1997 World Championships (Athens, Greece)
- 1998 Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) 5th
- 2006 Commonwealth Games (Melbourne, Australia) 10th
- English Schools Champion 1986, 1991, 1992
- North of England Champion 1991, 1992, 1993, 2005
- UK Championships 1989 3rd, 1992 2nd, 1997 2nd
- AAAs Champion 1993, 1994 2nd in 1996, 1998, 2005 3rd in 2000, 2004
- Kubatko, Justin. "Shelley Holroyd Biography and Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-01-24.