My name is Holly Mills and I was born on the 15th April 2000 to my parents Helen and Steve. I have a younger sister called Abbie, who is also a keen athlete.
I was introduced to athletics by my dad at the age of 8 whilst I was a pupil at Hurstbourne Tarrant Primary school, when another parent suggested athletics to him after I ‘looked fast’ at a sports day.
I joined Andover Athletics Club at the age of 8 and at the age of 10 I was spotted and had my first coaching session with James Coney. James usually only coached older athletes but saw potential in 10 year old me, and he has been my only coach ever since. I tried everything over the years – but it was established that long jump was my strongest event, followed by hurdles and sprints.
When I was 14, I began to progress quickly and won more prestigious titles - English schools, South of England, Nationals. Then as a ‘lower age’ under 17 woman, I finally jumped over 6m in the long jump! In 2015 I was awarded a place on the England team to compete in my first International event in Glasgow, where I took the Gold medal and performed a Personal Best of 6.26m.
My athletics career really took off from here!
I won the 2015 South of England Championships with a jump of 6.29m, which ranked me 4th on the UK all time under 17 women’s Long Jump. I began winning more regional, national and international competitions as I progressed, gaining my first ever Great Britain vest in 2016 when invited to compete for GB Juniors in the Loughborough International.
After this I was selected to compete for Great Britain in the European Youth Championships in Tbilisi, where I won and became European Youth Long Jump Champion. This is the highlight of my athletics career to date.
Over the past year I moved up to the under 20 women’s age group and have competed for Great Britain or England in Spain, Austria, and Wales, all of which I have been successful in winning.
I have also been selected to compete in the Commonwealth Youth games in the Bahamas in July this year. I am hoping for big success at the Commonwealths and cannot wait to represent my country once more.
I had an amazing experience this weekend in Madrid at my first ever international Multi-events competition.Read more
I had an amazing experience this weekend in Madrid at my first ever international Multi-events competition.
It was a pentathlon of highs and lows, but I am extremely proud to come away with the bronze medal after a very tough competition with 4022 points.
I'm also incredibly proud of my team mates Jade and Holly, the other 2 members of the Under 20's women’s team, as we won the Junior women’s team silver medal!
I am really enjoying Multi events and can’t wait to progress to training for Heptathlon for the outdoor season.
Full teams have been selected for the senior and junior categories at the competition which pits the British Athletics squad against Czech Republic, France, Poland and Spain.Read more
I am extremely proud to be among the 14 multi-eventers selected for the Indoor Combined Events International which takes place in Madrid on the 27 and 28 January 2018!
Full teams have been selected for the senior and junior categories at the competition which pits the British Athletics squad against Czech Republic, France, Poland and Spain.
I competed in my first ever U20 indoor pentathlon last weekend, setting an impressive total of 4049 points to take the victory, also securing personal bests in the 800m, high jump and shot put in my first pentathlon since she was an U15 athlete.
The British Athletics team for the Indoor Combined Events International on 28 / 29 January 2018:
Marilyn Nwawulor (Lloyd Cowan)
Emma Nwofor (Linford Christie)
Jo Rowland (Toni Minichiello)
Katie Stainton (Kelly Sotherton) *subject to fitness
Lewis Church (David Hull)
James Finney (Sam Stanislaus)
Curtis Mathews (Lawrence Moore) *subject to fitness
Andrew Murphy (Colin Sinclair)
Holly McArthur (Iain McEwan)
Holly Mills (James Coney)
Jade O’Dowda (Marcia Marriott)
Nicolas Gerome (Cyrille le Nader)
Caius Joseph (Rafer Joseph)
Joel McFarlane (Ian McFarlane)