PARALYMPIC javelin thrower and World Record holder Hollie Arnold had a brush with royalty today when she was awarded an MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
The 22-year-old will have to make room in her trophy cabinet alongside her Gold medals after being named in the New Year’s Honours list in January, and attending a regal appointment in London this morning.
She was in Finland training when her boyfriend Joshua Morgan informed her of her honour, having been told by Holly’s parents Graham and Jill, of Holton-le-Clay.
World record javelin thrower Hollie, who is preparing for the World Championships in London in July, smashed the F46 javelin world record as she finished top of the pile.
She had been looking forward to buying a new dress for the Royal date.
The former Cordeaux Academy schoolgirl said at the time of the announcement: “It was a massive honour.
“I don’t think I deserve it and I feel massively humble.”
She added: “I would not be here if it was not for the support of my family and friends. They have always believed in me.”
She said her parents Jill and Graham, pictured with her above, deserved a piece of the MBE medal.
Shortly after receiving her MBE, she Tweeted: “What an amazing day I’ve had!.”
— Hollie Arnold MBE (@HollieA2012) March 16, 2017
The top athlete said the Rio Games – in which she struck gold – had taken a lot out of her and she was delighted to return to her native Grimsby area.
But she went straight back into training following some time off, including a trip to New York where shetook in the awesome panorama, standing on top of The Empire State Building.
She was joined on the list by Immingham community stalwart and fundraiser Mary Clark, former Director of Public Health, Dr Tony Hill, and Citizens’ Advice Bureau worker Jean Stephenson.
Mary received her Honour from The Queen earlier this month.