I’m A Celeb’s Hollie Arnold says her disability won’t hold her back in trials
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Hollie Arnold hopes to be treated equally on I'm A Celebrity and is aiming to show her disability will not hold her back.
In an interview shortly before the show started, she told the Mirror: "I'm going to give everything a go as good as I get really. I don't think me having a disability is going to affect things.
"I just want people to see me as me. I don't really want it to be like, 'Oh, she has one arm and she's disabled'.
"I think that I have just as good a chance as everybody, and I just want people seeing me on the TV, looking at it and going, 'Wow, she might be scared of something, but she's giving it a go'.
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"And that's what I'm all about, and I just hope that people will appreciate and understand that."
The 26-year-old paralympian is a World Champion in the F46 Javelin event and described herself as a "strong headed young woman" with bold personality but insists she will adapt to the show.
And she says timings mean this won't stop her going for Paralympic gold next year either. Her funding from the APA (athlete personal award) has been suspended whilst she is involved in the programme.
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But she said: "I always put my sports and my competitions first, and I have turned down a lot of opportunities, but this is something that's perfect timing really, and it's something that's definitely going to help me deal with a lot of pressures and notions that I've been dealing with.
"The team looked after me in isolation with weights and a bike. So, I've tried to keep to a normal routine.
"Of course, yes, I will probably have a couple of weeks out of training, but at the end of the day, a couple of weeks isn't going to harm 10 plus years of training and dedication.
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"So, I think it will be quite nice to have a break. I call it a break, it probably won't be a break! But I think it will do my body and mind good, and at the end of the day, I think when I come out I'll probably miss training a lot more, and want to go back to training life.
"And I think sometimes it's just about having the balances.
"I will just try and make it into a positive. This is incredible for me, it's incredible for my sport and disability. So, yeah, I just don't want to dwell on the negatives."
*I'm A Celebrity airs on ITV tonight at 9pm.