INSPIRATIONAL Paralympian Hollie Arnold went back to her roots to visit pupils at her former Louth school last week.
Hollie, 18, returned to speak at an assembly at Cordeaux School, telling the story of her Paralympic journey which culminated in her finishing fifth at the London 2012 Games in the F46 javelin.
Hollie, formerly of Holton le Clay and now living in Wales, returned the favour after over 100 Cordeaux students went to watch her star performance in the games earlier this month.
“I had a week off training to I came back to see my family and friends and my two former schools, Holton le Clay and Cordeaux,” she said.
“It’s really nice to come back and see the students as so many came to see me, I want to tell them about my sacrifices and training and I hope I can inspire some of them into sport as well, they should know that nothing is impossible.”
She described her Paralympic experience as ‘amazing’. “I was really nervous beforehand and I felt the pressure, but the crowd helped me,” she said.
“Everyone would love to get a medal but I’m still fifth in the world and I came away with a personal best, so I’ll look forward to Rio in 2016 now.”
The school’s deputy head Mark Roberts added: “Hollie was a model student when she was here, she was into everything sport related.
“Her mum has kept in contact with us and we jumped at the chance to have her back to speak to the students, we see her as an ambassador and as an ex-pupil there’s no one better.”