Top Sports Woman – Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams

Nicola Adams, who was born on October 26, 1982, is currently the reigning Olympic boxing champion, primarily competing in the flyweight division. She is also the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the sport, meaning that she stands apart as one of the best female British boxers of the current era.

Adams was born and raised in the English city of Leeds, attending the Agnes Stewart Church of England school that is located in Ebor Gardens. She began developing an interest in boxing as she entered her early teens, winning her first bout at the tender age of 13. However, she took a little while longer to commit herself fully to the sport and it was another 4 years before she took her second fight.

In 2001, Adams began to pursue boxing more intently, becoming the first woman to represent England in the sport. In 2003 she demonstrated her potential by becoming the English amateur champion, a title that she retained at the following three events. This placed her in prime position to represent her country at major tournaments where boxing would be held. Adams continued to blaze a trail as she started fighting in larger tournaments, becoming the first English female to win a medal at a major tournament when she took silver in the bantamweight division at the European Championships in Denmark in 2007. She continued this run of form, winning silver again at the World Championships the following year. Unfortunately, a back injury saw her sitting out much of 2009, however she came back with a vengeance in 2010, once again taking silver at the World Championships, which were held in Bridgetown Barbados, having dropped down to flyweight.

However, around this time Adams was finding that she was struggling to support herself financially, leading to her working on a number of other projects that distracted from her boxing career. She worked as an extra on British soap operas and even spent time working as a builder before the International Olympic Committee backed funding for women’s boxing. With her funding secured, Adams returned to the world of boxing and took gold in a number of competitions in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics. Amongst her successes she took the gold at the GB Amateur Boxing Championship and European Union Amateur Boxing Championships, leading to recognition as a potential star to watch out for when the Olympics rolled around. In 2012 Adams fulfilled all of her potential, becoming the first woman to win a gold medal in boxing at the Olympics when she defeated Ren Cancan of China in the finals. Adams has not rested on her laurels though, as she took gold again at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, demonstrating her continued commitment to the sport. She is now considered a hot favourite to take the top prize in the 2016 Olympics.

Outside of her achievements in competition, Adams has been lauded as an inspirational figure for the LGBT community in addition to being nominated for the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award in 2012. However, her biggest honour outside the sport came when she was awarded an MBE for her services to boxing in 2013.

Nicola Adams at a Glance

Nicola Adams Date of Birth: October 26, 1982
Nicola Adams Place of Birth: Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK
Nicola Adams Nationality: British
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Nicola Adams Eye Colour: Black
Nicola Adams Hair Colour: Black
Nicola Adams Height: 1.65m
Nicola Adams Weight: 50.8kg
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