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Civic reception for Paralympian javelin thrower Hollie Arnold

Hollie Arnold Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Hollie Arnold beat her lifetime best throw of 40.29m to win gold, with a throw of 43.01m

Paralympic gold-medallist Hollie Arnold has been honoured with a civic reception in her home town.

The 22-year-old Grimsby-born javelin thrower won gold in Rio in the F46 category, with a throw of 43.01m.

Christina McGilligan-Fell, Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, hosted the private reception at Grimsby Town Hall.

Arnold, who now lives and trains in Cardiff, broke the world record on her way to the gold medal.

Image copyright North East Lincolnshire Council
Image caption A civic reception was held for Hollie Arnold by Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Christina McGilligan-Fell, at Grimsby Town Hall

A private party with family and friends was held for her on Saturday at Holten Le Clay Cricket Club near Grimsby.

Arnold, who started her career at Cleethorpes Athletics Club, said: "I feel so happy but it just hasn't sunk in yet.

"This gold medal was not just me, it was all my family and friends behind me, and support from everybody at the GB team."

Image caption A private party was held for Arnold at Holten Le Clay Cricket Club on Saturday
Image caption Rio 2016 was Arnold's third Paralympics

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