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Holly Robinson



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T47, F46

Further personal information

Dunedin, NZL
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

International debut

Competing for
New Zealand
World Championships
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

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 at the Otago Sports Awards in New Zealand. (, 10 Jul 2020)

In 2017 she received the Maori Sportsperson with a Disability award at the Maori Sports Award Gala in Auckland, New Zealand. (, 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. (, 22 Nov 2012)

She was named Para Athlete of the Year at the 2010 Athletics Canterbury Athlete of the Year Awards in New Zealand. (, 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. (, 22 Mar 2018)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 12 Feb 2021)
She was born with a shortened left arm below the elbow. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
She has coached junior athletes at the Athletics Taieri club in Dunedin, New Zealand. (, 07 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F42-46 Final 2011-01-23 7
Women's Javelin F46 Final 2011-01-28 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F46 Final Round 2012-09-01 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F46 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-23 12
Women's Long Jump T47 WR Attempt 2015-10-23 12
Women's Javelin F46 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F46 Final Round 2016-09-13 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F46 Final 1 2017-07-15 2