Holly Robinson - Para athletics
Holly Robinson is the only Kiwi competing in Para athletics at the Gold Coast Games.
Robinson grew up in Hokitika and loved sports, playing rugby, netball, basketball, cricket and badminton.
Born with a shortened left arm just below the elbow, she finally settled on Para athletics as her sport of choice at the age of nine.
She took part in her first overseas competition when she was 12 and moved to Dunedin in 2011 when she was offered a scholarship to train under Para athletics coach Raylene Bates.
The following year she was selected for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, placing seventh, then competed at two IPC Athletics World Championships in 2013 and 2015, winning a silver and bronze respectively.
Robinson competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where she acted as the Opening Ceremony flag bearer and went on to win a silver medal in the Women’s Javelin.
In 2017, she placed second in the javelin at the World Para Athletics World Championships in London, with a throw just below her New Zealand record.
Para sport events are integrated and contested as part of the main programme at the Commonwealth Games and Robinson will be the only Kiwi athlete competing in Para athletics at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.
She is now ranked number two in the world in Women’s Para javelin.
Outside of her sporting career, she has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in physical activity, health and wellness at the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure.