Budding Paralympian Emily Holder is celebrating a ‘brilliant year’ which has seen her add to her medal collection while excelling in her studies.
Emily, who just passed her BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma in Commerce at Harrogate College with brilliance (she obtained three stars of distinction), is one of the best skydivers in the country.
His ultimate sporting ambition is to represent his country at the Paralympics. Emily took a step closer to that goal in July when she competed, for the first time, with the GBR women’s team at the Para World Cup in Warsaw.
Achievements and medals
The event was one of many highlights of the year which saw her compete in several high profile competitions, win three medals – including her first international medal – and secure an offer from her favorite university.
Emily was particularly pleased with her performance at the IWAS World Cup in Pataya, Thailand in June, where she was ranked 18e and 21st in its two respective weapons.
She said: “Probably my biggest achievement this year is making the knockout rounds, multiple times, while I was in Thailand and Warsaw for my second and third World Cups. A lot of people don’t reach this stage until they’ve been to a lot of World Cups.
In Warsaw, Emily competed in individual and team events with two sports legends – Justine Moore and Gemma Collis. Justine is a World Cup medalist and Paralympian, while Gemma is a World Cup winner, medalist and three-time Paralympian.
In the meantime, she picked up medals (one silver and three bronze) at the Senior British Championships at EIS Sheffield in June and then at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in August.
Forging ahead in sport and education
She said: “My year 2022 has been brilliant so far. In fencing, I competed well and had the best time learning from my teammates, as well as competitors.
“I also received five university offers and achieved distinction in my BTEC exam, as well as distinctions for all of my courses.
“My long-term goal of representing GBR at my first Paralympic Games is going well. I’m getting stronger and improving on every element of my fencing. It shows both in training and in competition.
“I still have a long way to go, but I look forward to continuing my journey of improvement while at York University, where I study a BA in Business Management.”
Emily thanked Harrogate College and her tutors for helping her successfully balance the demands of her sport and studies.
The college recently nominated her for a Living Our Values award, for “overcoming many challenges to achieve high marks in her course” while competing.
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