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ROBINSON Holly
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC New Zealand   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthChristchurch, NZL
Height1.85 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47, F46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dunedin, NZL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science - Otago Polytechnic: Dunedin, NZL
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 14 in Hokitika, New Zealand.
Why this sport?
She was involved in a number of sports when she was younger, including rugby, athletics, netball and basketball. She did not like athletics at first, and focused on the other sports. "I came back some years later and began liking the field events. I think Para sport has the ability to show others anything is possible."
Club / Team
Athletics Taieri: Dunedin, NZL
Name of coach
Raylene Bates [national], NZL
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
New Zealand
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL
General Interest
Hobbies
Yoga, spending time outdoors. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the women's F46 javelin at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Raylene Bates, and her grandmother. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand sprint paddler Lisa Carrington. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She never wears her competition kit before she participates in her event. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go out and have fun. Live in the moment and watch the javelin fly." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was named Otago Athlete of the Year and Otago Para Athlete of the Year in New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 10 Jul 2020)

In 2017 she received the Maori Sportsperson with a Disability award at the Maori Sports Award Gala in Auckland, New Zealand. (maoritelevision.com, 02 Dec 2017)

She was flag bearer for New Zealand at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (MyInfo, 06 Sep 2016)

She was named 2012 Taieri College Sportswoman of the Year in New Zealand. (taieri.school.nz, 22 Nov 2012)

She was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2010 Athletics Canterbury Athlete of the Year Awards in New Zealand. (athletics.org.nz, 21 Jun 2010)
Famous relatives
Her father Steve and her twin brother Jonathon have played rugby union for the West Coast provincial team in the Heartland Championship in New Zealand. (newshub.co.nz, 22 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nzherald.co.nz, 20 Dec 2019)
Impairment
She was born with a shortened left arm below the elbow. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
COACH
She has coached junior athletes at the Athletics Taieri club in Dunedin, New Zealand. (odt.co.nz, 07 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 Javelin Throw F46 32.58
2 2016 Javelin Throw F46 41.22
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011 Shot Put F42-44/46 8.43
5 2011 Javelin Throw F46 30.44
2 2013 Javelin Throw F46 34.37
12 2015 Long Jump T47 4.50
3 2015 Javelin Throw F46 38.18
2 2017 Javelin Throw F46 42.41
2 2019 Javelin Throw F46 41.60
Commonwealth Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 Javelin Throw F46 43.32