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Date of Birth: 26th October 1982
Club: Haringey Police Community Club
Home Town: Leeds
Club Coach: Alwyn Belcher
• 2013 European Union Boxing Championships gold medalist
• 2012 Olympic gold medallist
• 2012 World Championship silver medallist
• 2011 European Championship gold medallist
• 2010 World Championship silver medallist
• 2008 World Championship silver medallist (54kg)
• 2007 European Championship silver medallist (54kg)
Nicola Adams is Great Britain’s most successful female boxer of all time. She made history at the London 2012 Olympics becoming the first women ever to win an Olympic gold medal when she defeated Ren Cancan of China in the flyweight final. She was subsequently nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in 2012 and awarded an MBE in the new year honours list.
Born in Leeds, Nicola started boxing at the age of twelve and had her first bout a year later. In 2007 she became the first ever English female to earn a medal in a major tournament when she picked up the silver in the European Championships in Denmark. In 2008 she became the first English woman to earn a medal in the AIBA Women's World Championships in Ningbo, China, when she narrowly missed out on gold to the Polish world number one, Karolina Michalczuk.
Following this success she was unable to box for nearly a year with a debilitating back injury however she slowly recovered and in March 2010 was selected to be part of the first ever women’s GB Boxing squad.
In September 2010 she picked up her second silver medal at the AIBA Women's World Championships, this time losing-out to Chinese boxer Ren Cancan. In October 2011, she won Great Britain’s first ever women’s gold at a major Championship when she beat Sarah Ourahmoune of France, 15-8, in the final of the European Championships in Rotterdam.
Nicola qualified for the Olympics by virtue of her performance at the 2012 World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China where she won her third consecutive silver medal, again losing to China’s Ren Cancan in the final. Nicola famously reversed this at London 2012 when she totally dominated Cancan in the Olympic final, knocking her down in the second round en-route to a 16-7 victory and the gold medal.
Born in Leeds, Nicola has returned to the city after a spell living in London. When she is not training with the GB squad, she works with Dominic Ingle at the famous Ingle’s gym in Sheffield. She is a Patron of the charity Street Games and President of its campaign ‘Us Girls’.