Furious I’m a Celeb fans claim Hollie Arnold’s trial was ‘unachievable’ due to disability
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I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! viewers have accused the show of treating Paralympian Hollie Arnold unfairly after she undertook a gruelling Bushtucker trial on Thursday night.
The trial Wicked Waterways, which Hollie carried out alongside campmate Shane Richie, involved the pair crawling through a tunnel on their hands and knees while having water and critters poured on them.
They had to find and unscrew stars and put them in a bucket, with each star representing a meal for camp.
Javelin champion Hollie performed fantastically and the duo managed to win ten out of a possible 12 stars for camp.
If Hollie struggled with the trial she certainly didn't show it
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But as the challenge was so physical, some viewers said it should have been adapted for Hollie, who was born without her right forearm.
One tweeted: "Thought tonights trial was very harsh on Hollie, all they had to do was put Hollie in the top tunnel, I think having to navigate a heavy bucket of water whilst crawling through a tunnel and curtains to pour it into a small pipe with only one arm was a bit of an ask."
Another added: "They done well considering the trial should have been adapted for Hollie. I know they doubled up the stars but they got it wrong for Hollie making it even more unachievable for her in that time. #ImACeleb ".
Shane and Hollie crawled through a tunnel and unscrewed stars
"We ( @charlottelewxx ) don't really think that trial was fair on Hollie how was she supposed to move through the tunnel with one hand and carry the bucket full of water? (which also would not Have been light)," penned a third.
Another remarked: " @ITV just want your comments about the trial on #ImACeleb involving Hollie & Shane. It concerns adaptability as it should of been adapted too help Hollie. Or are you OK with abelism?".
But Hollie showed no sign of feeling the trial was particularly tough on her, and her mum Jill appeared on Daily Drop, hosted by Vick Hope, on Friday where they discussed the episode.
Hollie's mum said the athlete would only have been disappointed she did not win all 12 meals
"It was brilliant," said Jill.
"We absolutely loved it, lots of shouting and screaming going on, I thought she did really well.
"I thought they worked as a team. Hollie was giving [Shane] lots of encouragement and saying do this and do that. She’s a pretty good teammate, Hollie.
Even though she’s an individual sportsperson, she’s always good in a team, so that’s great."
Jill added that the only issue Hollie may have had in the trial was not winning the full 12 stars.
"As an athlete, she’s used to winning, so that would have been a disappointment. Whatever she does she likes to give 100%," said Jill.
"I think she probably felt that as a team they didn’t give 100%, she’s always very hard on herself, whatever she does. She likes to give 110% really rather than 100%."
A rep for ITV declined to comment.