Holly Bleasdale

British Pole-Vaulting Record-Breaker

Holly Bradshaw

British pole vaulting record holder and Olympic speaker Holly Bradshaw has enough competition medals to lose count, including an incredible 10 gold medals. As an Olympic speaker, she reflects upon her experience of top-level competing, offering her audience methods of peak performance inspired by her skill development. Her passion for sport is infectious, leaving audiences eager to embrace their own sporting opportunities.

Holly made her breakthrough in 2010 when she came fourth in the National Championships, followed by her first medal – a bronze – in the World Junior Championships. The next year, her career really took off, coming fifth at the European Team Championships then winning three fantastic gold medals at the National Indoor Championships, the National Championships and the European U23 Championships.

A brilliant Olympic speaker who entertains audiences with stories from her time at the very pinnacle of athletics, Holly achieved two more gold medals at the Aviva European Indoor Trials and the Aviva Grand Prix. In the same year, she won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships then came sixth at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The following year saw Holly win two more gold medals – one at the National Championships and one at the European Indoor Championships. In 2014, she won yet another gold at the British Indoor Championships and the next year two more gold medals – one at the British Championships and one at the Welsh Championships. Going from strength to strength, Holly won a gold medal at the 2018 London Athletics World Cup, followed by a silver medal at the 2019 Glasgow European Indoor Championships.

Despite her amazing career progression, Holly would have achieved even more if she hadn’t lost several months dealing with injuries that prevented her from competing. But disappointment and success have helped to give Holly the invaluable insight at the centre of her Olympic speeches. She can candidly discuss the highs and lows of competitive sport, taking her audience backstage at top-level competitions.

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When featuring at events Holly is known to discuss such topics as:

  • Drive & Determination
  • Highs and Lows of Sport
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Peak Performance
  • Maximising Success

Over the course of her career Holly earned the following achievements:

  • Gold medals at the 2013 Gothenburg European Indoor Championships
  • Gold medals at the 2018 London Athletics World Cup
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