Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020
Medal won: Gold, Silver
Para sport: Para athletics
Gender: Female
Date of Birth10 December 1994
CoachRaylene Bates
ResidesDunedin
OccupationStudent
ClassificationF/T46
Impairment (Disability)Limb deficiency

Holly grew up in the west coast town of Hokitika with her parents and twin brother. She started playing rugby when she was four, then continued to enjoy a long list of sport including netball, basketball, cricket and badminton. Holly’s first experience of Para athletics was at the age of seven, at first, she didn’t really enjoy it and so decided to play other sports instead. It wasn’t until Holly turned nine that she went back to Para athletics and found she loved it.

At the age of ten Holly was selected in a Talent Identification programme and attended her first overseas competition when she was 12. By this time, she had decided she really wanted to give Para athletics a shot and gave up all other sports except for netball to focus on Para athletics.

Holly Robinson moved to Dunedin in 2011 after she was offered a scholarship to train under Para athletics coach Raylene Bates. Moving to Dunedin in 2011 was a big step towards her dream to be the best in the world. The same year she moved to Dunedin, she attended her first IPC Athletics World Championships, and the following year was selected and competed at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Holly has then competed at two IPC Athletics World Championships in 2013 and 2015, winning a silver and bronze respectively.

At Holly’s second Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, she was named the Opening Ceremony flag bearer. She then went on to win silver in the Women’s Javelin F46. Her silver medal throw contributed to the New Zealand Paralympic Team’s stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).
Since Rio 2016, Holly has won three further silver medals at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.

In March 2021, Holly wrote herself into the record books when she became the first Para athlete to win a medal in an open event at the New Zealand Track & Field Championships, taking silver in the women’s javelin.

She carried this form through to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games where she won gold in the thrilling Women’s Javelin F46 final. Sitting in third place on a rainy night with one throw to go, Holly threw 40.99m to claim the gold medal.

Holly was the global winner of The Visa Award for her moment of gratitude at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Her act of thanking the officials following her victory in the Women’s Javelin F46 captured the admiration of fans as they showed their support by voting. Robinson was up against 5 other incredible moments from around the globe.

Holly competes in Para athletics because she enjoys and loves it. She loves the thrill of competition, challenging herself and working hard to achieve her goals. Holly’s ultimate goal is to be the best in the world.

Outside of sport, Holly completed a degree at the Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure in 2015 gaining a Bachelor of Applied Science in physical activity, health and wellness.

Holly officially received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Dunedin in February 2021.

Paralympic results

2020Tokyo 2020 Paralympic GamesGold - Women's Javelin F46
2016Rio 2016 Paralympic GamesSilver - Women's Javelin F46
2012London 2012 Paralympics Games7th - Women's Javelin F46