09 November 2020 16:31
Get the latest on coronavirus, testing, local news and more in the Echo newsletter Sign me up now Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here star Hollie Arnold has said she doesn't want the series to focus on her disability. The athlete holds Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European Gold medals in the F46 javelin event and says she hopes by taking part in the show, she will inspire viewers to follow their dreams. Ahead of the ITV reality series' launch this weekend, Hollie said: "I don't want it to focus on my disability." Presents Ant and Dec will host an adapted version of I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here live every night on ITV from the castle. Like the regular series, viewers will see the celebrities undertake gruelling trials and entertaining challenges to earn food and special treats in the lead up to one of them being crowned, for the first time, King or Queen of the Castle. The full line up of the 10 celebrities entering the Welsh camp has recently been confirmed by ITV.
We'll also send special breaking news emails too for the latest stories that matter. Hollie Arnold confessed she's scared about heading into the camp but wants to show people that "nothing stops her". Yes I have a missing arm and I am in the Paralympics but I want to show people nothing stops me and it shouldn't stop anyone else either. "They won't know me and so there is the feeling of being an underdog but hopefully by sharing my stories, people will get to understand what I have achieved." She said: "People might see me as someone who wins medals in sport and I just hope I can use my independence and the pressures I go through with athletics in the camp and the trials. "But I can't train for this and it's going to be a very big challenge." Hollie said: "As an athlete, you have to intake a lot more calories as you have to fuel yourself for training and so it is going to be really hard to limit calories.
Describing herself as an underdog, Hollie also hopes that viewers will get a chance to get to know her better. "They won't know me and so there is the feeling of being an underdog but hopefully by sharing my stories, people will get to understand what I have achieved." She said: "People might see me as someone who wins medals in sport, and I just hope I can use my independence and the pressures I go through with athletics in the camp and the trials! But I can't train for this, and it's going to be a very big challenge!" Hollie will be appearing alongside nine other contestants, including TV presenter Vernon Kay, broadcaster and journalist Victoria Derbyshire, and Olympic legend Sir Mo Farah CBE. Javelin thrower Hollie Arnold is one of the contestants on this year's I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here Paralympic javelin thrower Hollie Arnold MBE has been confirmed as one of the contestants on this year's edition of I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here. Born without her right forearm, Arnold has gone on to compete at three Paralympic Games, win gold medals, break world records and receive recognition in the New Year's Honours List. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year's series of the show will be filmed at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, Conwy, instead of the usual setting of Australia. Hollie is going into the CASTLE?!!???#itv #imaceleb #TeamHollie pic.twitter.com/G2sQipWMVK — Hollie Arnold MBE (@HollieA2012) November 8, 2020 In 2008, Arnold became the youngest member of the Great Britain Paralympics team at the Beijing Olympics, aged just 14. The same year, Arnold represented Great Britain at senior level, competing at the IPC Athletics World Championships, where she won bronze in the F46 javelin. Four years later, Arnold competed at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games, winning gold with a record breaking throw. Arnold was made an MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours List, in recognition of her achievements. The following year, she won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, breaking the world record yet again with a 44.43 metre throw. Grimsby athlete to star in I'm A Celebrity Hollie Arnold MBE (26) who competes in javelin, will star in the 20th series of I'm A Celebrity when it returns on November 15. The participants will be staying in a ruined castle in the North Wales countryside as, due to coronavirus, campmates won't be flying out to Australia where the show is usually filmed. Hollie, who was born without her right forearm, has won Gold for javelin at the Paralympic, World, Commonwealth and European championships. Her impressive credentials as an athlete could prove a disadvantage though, she confessed, as she's used to an intake of more calories as fuel for training – while the ITV series hosted by Ant and Dec often sees the celebrities missing out on meals. Hollie was born in Grimsby and grew up in Holton-le-Clay and now lives and trains in Loughborough. Hollie is an Ambassador for St Andrew's Hospice in Grimsby and was awarded the MBE in the 2017 New Year's Honours for Services To Field Athletics. She was the youngest field athlete to ever compete in the Paralympics/Olympics, at the age of 13 at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing throwing a personal best. She took the gold medal in the F46 javelin in the 2016 Summer Paralympics at Rio, also throwing a new world record at the same time. In 2018 she became the first ever Javelin thrower in history to hold all four major titles in the same Paralympic/Olympic four-year cycle. Follows us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest local stories, breaking news and to join the conversation