Holly Bleasdale

Holly Bleasdale

British athlete
Date of Birth: 02.11.1991
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Holly Bleasdale
  2. Early Life and Education
  3. Junior Career
  4. Senior Career
  5. Personal Life

Biography of Holly Bleasdale

Early Life and Education

Holly Bleasdale was born on November 2, 1991, in Preston, Lancashire, Great Britain. At the age of six, she started practicing gymnastics but switched to running at the age of eleven due to her height. She attended Parklands Languages High School, a co-educational comprehensive school specializing in foreign languages. In 2003, the school received special language status. From 2008 to 2010, Bleasdale studied at Runshaw College in Leyland, where she excelled academically.

Holly Bleasdale

Junior Career

In June 2010, Bleasdale caught the attention of professionals when she broke the national record for junior pole vault, clearing a height of 4.35m. The following month, she competed in the 13th World Junior Championships in Athletics held in Moncton, Canada, where she was considered one of the top contenders for the gold medal. However, she was only able to clear 4.15m, earning her a bronze medal. In the following year, Bleasdale competed in the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, finishing 11th in the qualifying round with a best jump of 4.45m. She also represented Great Britain in the European Team Championships and finished in 5th place.

Holly Bleasdale

Senior Career

In June 2011, Bleasdale set a new British record for athletes under 23 years old, clearing a height of 4.53m at the British Under-23 Championships in Bedford. Just five days later, she broke the national record again, jumping 4.70m, which also became the world record for athletes under 23 years old. In January 2012, Bleasdale improved the British indoor record to 4.87m in Villeurbanne, France, during the French-British competition 'Perche Élite Tour'. This result made her third on the all-time list, behind Yelena Isinbayeva and Jenn Suhr, and third among indoor pole vaulters. She attempted to set her first world record at the same competition, aiming for a height of 5.01m, but was unsuccessful.
On March 11 of the same year, she won a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships held in Istanbul. Bleasdale also participated in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Although she made it to the final, she knocked the bar off at a height of 4.55m and finished 6th overall. Despite her disappointment, Bleasdale promised to deliver her best performance at the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Holly Bleasdale

Personal Life

Following her disappointment at the Olympic Games, Bleasdale announced on her Twitter account that she had accepted a marriage proposal from Paul Bradshaw, her long-time boyfriend. She described it as the best day of her life.