Rising Strong – My Journey at England’s Strongest Women

We recently caught up with Holly to find out about her experience at England's Strongest Women 2024.

Holly shares her personal highs and lows from the competition, offering an honest and insightful look into the challenges and successes from the day.  

In 2022, Aire Logic sponsored me for the most pivotal event of my career:England’s Strongest Women. This flagship competition was my springboard on to both the national and international stages, marketing a significant milestone in my journey.

The event was on the 18th of May 2024 and the day was nothing short of fantastic, with strong support from Official Strongman. However, as soon as I arrived, I felt overwhelmed by the electric atmosphere, and my autism began to take control. Fortunately, I had been working diligently with my mindset coach, Alexandra, to set mental goals and strategies to overcome such moments. Despite the initial struggle, I was determined not to let myself falter.

If you had told me back in 2022 that I would be contending for a podium spot against the best women in England, I would not have believed you. Yet, here I was, being recognised as one of the top competitors in the country – a truly special honour. 

The first event was deadlift. My aim as to match our training achievements, but the overstimulation and unexpected change in event order created a mental barrier for me. It was a rookie mistake, but every event is a learning experience, and this one was particularly significant. I finished 5thin the deadlift, which was not part of the plan.

Moving on to the axle press, I faced a harsh reality. Despite all the preparation and drills, I failed to perform and ended up placing dead last. This was the hardest blow because I had put in so much effort for this event.

Determined to make a comeback, I put immense pressure on myself for the moving events. In both the farmer’s carry and sandbag events, I managed to secure 3rd place, showing my capabilities to the field of athletes.

I placed 7th overall. While this was not the result I wanted, it was the result I got. Sometimes, we do not achieve our desired outcomes, but failure fuels progression. With my sights set on Europe’s Strongest Women, I refuse to dwell on what could have been. Setting new goals and learning from past experiences is what defines an athlete. Rest assured; I will not make the same mistakes again.

This update might not what we all anticipated, but itis an honest reflection of my journey, and I am forever grateful for the experience and lessons learned.