Nicola Adams was the first ever English female to earn a medal in a major tournament at the European Championships in 2007 winning silver. Then in 2011, she won Great Britain’s first ever gold. She was also the first English woman to be awarded a medal in the 2008 AIBA Women’s World Championships.
Despite suffering a career-threatening back injury in 2009, Nicola was selected to be part of the new GB women’s boxing squad and qualified to compete at the London 2012 Games by winning her third silver medal at the World Championships in 2011.
Nicola made history when she beat three-time world Champion, China’s Ren Cancan, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She unintentionally became an inspiring role model having realised her dream as millions of people watched to see top female boxers compete for the first gold medal ever to be on offer.
In recognition of her services to boxing and unprecedented achievement, Nicola was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.
In 2014, with the world’s eyes on her at the Commonwealth Games, she beat Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh to become a history-maker once again. Unknown to her opponents, Nicola had silently powered through each round following months of an agonising shoulder injury.
Through several initiatives and organisations, Nicola has encouraged people of all ages and abilities to join their local sports clubs, enjoy the benefits this brings whilst promoting living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. She has worked with charities and strives to raise awareness of young people and women in sport and boxing.
Nicola has enjoyed acting; she appeared as an extra in some of Britain’s iconic soaps, including, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and had a cameo appearance in the BBC’s award-winning drama series, Waterloo Road, where she played herself (October 2013).
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