Paralympic Gold medal for college alumni

A former college learner has achieved her dream of winning Paralympic gold in javelin at the games in Rio.

Hollie Arnold threw a world record 43.01m to win Paralympic gold in the F46 javelin final.

Hollie is a former learner at the Ystrad Mynach campus of Coleg y Cymoedd, where she studied Sport Development.

Hollie and her family moved to South Wales to enable her to access coaching and take advantage of the high quality sports development opportunities available in Wales.

The 22-year-old, who lives and trains in Cardiff, broke the world record with a throw of 41.68m but broke it again in her final throw to win gold.

Arnold beat New Zealander Holly Robinson and Poland’s Katarzyna Piekart who won silver and bronze respectively.

This has been my absolute dream – I cannot believe I am Paralympic champion and double world champion. It is so surreal

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