Former Louth schoolgirl Hollie Arnold is on top of the world after winning a gold medal for Great Britain in the F46 javelin event at the IPC World Championships in Lyon.
Wales-based Hollie Arnold, 19, grew up in Holton le Clay and went to school at Cordeaux, and last night won gold with a throw of 37.45metres, a personal best.
Hollie is already being tipped to win gold at Rio 2016.
She told the Leader this morning: “Just absolutely over the moon.
“No words can describe how I’m feeling, I think on top of the world might come close!”
Hollie’s mum Jill Arnold said her daughter was ‘buzzing’ after winning gold last night.
“She’s just over the moon, we couldn’t be more proud of her,” she said.
“I was watched it at home on the television and the internet and it was absolutely amazing.
“She has worked so hard and did well just to reach Lyon as she’s suffered with illness this year, so to get a personal best and gold medal is just brilliant.
“She’s just given 120 per cent and it’s paid off for her.”
Mrs Arnold, who moved her family to Wales two years ago to be nearer Hollie’s coach, said the sacrifice was ‘totally worth it’.
“It’s the pinnacle of her career without a doubt,” she said.
“The coach’s aim is for Hollie to ‘peak’ in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.”
Hollie was the 2011 world junior champion and 2012 European silver medallist in F46 event and finished fifth at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London last summer.