Holly began training in the southern region of England at the age of ten years old. She gained her 1st Dan Black Belt in 1999, at the age of twelve. She progressed to 2nd Dan in 2001 and her 3rd Dan in 2009.
At the age of thirteen Holly was selected to be part of the KUGB England junior kumite squad and in the same year, invited to be on the KUBG kata squad. In 2003 Holly was selected for her England debut competing at the European Shotokan Championships in Sunderland, and has since been a regular member of the England team.
At the European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland, 2005 Holly came 3rd in the Junior Ladies Individual Kumite event and was a member of the England Junior Ladies Kumite Team winning Gold. She continued her success the following year in Lucerne, Switzerland, by winning 2nd place in the Junior Ladies Individual Kumite 2006.
The year 2009 was a great year for Holly on the international stage. She came 3rd in the Senior Ladies Kata event at the World Championships (Cancun, Mexico) and at the European Championships (Wels, Austria) she was a member of the Senior Ladies Team Kumite coming 2nd. The 2010 European Championships (Koblenz, Germany) saw the Senior Ladies team continuing with their success coming 3rd.
Adding to her achievements internationally Holly has continued with success domestically winning various titles including 2009 and 2010 Grand Champion (winning individual Kata and Kumite) at the Northern Region Championships. In 2012 Holly became only the third ever female competitor, in the 46 year history, to win both Kata and Kumite (Grand Champion) events at the KUGB National Championships, Holly then went on to make history the following year (2013) by becoming the first female competitior to be crowned Grand Champion at the KUGB Nationals twice.
In 2006 Holly moved to the northern region studying Illustration and Design at the University of Sunderland. Whilst studying at university Holly competed at the BUSA/BUCS championships bringing home results for Sunderland three years running. In 2008 she won the Ladies Kumite, in 2009 she became Grand Champion winning both the Kata and Kumite events and in 2010 she took Gold in the Kumite and silver in Kata.
Holly continues to compete at the highest level and has also recently started up a new class at The Freemans Quay Leisure Centre, County Durham, where she is passing on her vast knowledge and expertise to some potential future champions.