HOLLIE Arnold MBE is likely one of the UK’s most cherished Paralympian athletes having received Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European Gold medals within the F46 javelin occasion.
Hollie Arnold is now one of the profitable javelin throwers of all timeCredit score: Rex Options
What has Hollie Arnold stated about her incapacity?
Hollie has usually spoken about her incapacity and the way she has discovered to dwell with out her proper arm – and go on to be among the finest F46 Javelin throwers on this planet.
She instructed Stylist that psychological well being performed an enormous half in serving to her “love herself in her personal pores and skin”.
She stated: “I feel it was an enormous journey for me being disabled as a result of I hated the best way I appeared.
“I used to cover my incapacity, and I received to an age the place I stated: ‘I’m by no means going to have the opposite arm, so it is best to settle for the best way you might be’.
“I’m an athlete, I get to go to the Paralympics and have such wonderful – and loopy – alternatives.
“I like the best way I look now, it’s part of me. It doesn’t outline me, it’s simply part of me.
“I feel I might nonetheless be in sport if I had two arms. It’s given me a fantastic pathway, so I can’t complain.”
In the meantime, days earlier than her look on I am A Celeb in November 2020, she stated she did not need her look on the hit ITV present to pay attention solely on her incapacity.
Hollie will swap observe and subject for the 2020 version of Im A Celeb – which is that this yr being held in a supposedly haunted fort in WalesCredit score: ITV
She stated: “I don’t need it to be about my incapacity. Sure I’ve a lacking arm and I’m within the Paralympics however I wish to present folks nothing stops me and it shouldn’t cease anybody else both.”
She added: “I hope by happening the programme, it evokes folks. I would like folks to look and see that I’m scared however I’m giving it a go.”
What incapacity does Hollie have?
The 26-year-old from Grimsby was born with out her proper forearm.
She is classed as an F46 athlete.
The F stands for subject, that means she takes half in a subject occasion.
The Paralympic web site states that F45 and F46 athletes have “higher limb/s affected by limb deficiency, impaired muscle energy or impaired passive vary of motion”.
What sport does she compete in on the Paralympics?
Hollie attended Cordeaux Academy in Louth and was a star at Cleethorpes Athletics Membership, the place she found her ardour for competing within the F46 javelin class.
She competed at her first incapacity sport occasion on the age of 11 in Blackpool. She received seven gold medals that day, and hasn’t stopped since.
She then went on to change into the youngest ever subject athlete, aged 13, to ever compete within the Paralympics/Olympics, on the 2008 Summer time Paralympics in Beijing.
She additionally threw a private finest in 2012 Summer time Paralympics in London earlier than taking the the gold medal within the F46 javelin within the 2016 Summer time Paralympics at Rio, additionally throwing a brand new world document on the similar time.
However in 2018, Hollie turned the primary ever javelin thrower in historical past to carry all 4 main titles in the identical Paralympic/Olympic 4 yr cycle.
This included the Rio Paralympics and World Report 2016, London World Championships and world document 2017, Berlin European Championships and course document 2018 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games and world document 2018.
The Paralympian holds 4 consecutive world titles: 2013 Lyon, 2015 Doha, 2017 London and 2019 Dubai.