GB Boxing’s double Olympic champion, Nicola Adams, shortlisted for National Lottery’s Sporting Legend award

By 29th July 2019News

GB BOXING’s two-time Olympic gold medallist, Nicola Adams has been shortlisted for the Sporting Legend award in this year’s National Lottery Awards.

It is a new category that has been specially added to mark the 25th birthday of the National Lottery and aims to celebrate athletes who have made a big impact in that period.

Each athlete was shortlisted by a judging panel based on their achievement and successes both inside and outside the sporting arena.

Adams will compete in a public vote against a range of legendary British sporting icons including Sir Chris Hoy, David Weir CBE, Dame Katherine Grainger, Dame Kelly Holmes, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Sir Mo Farah and Sir Steve Redgrave.

All of the shortlisted athletes can be viewed at

Nicola Adams became the first women in history to win a gold medal for boxing when she won the flyweight category at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Her success sparked a surge in women’s boxing in England as she became one of the best known female athletes in British sport.

She went on to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and in 2016 she became world champion.

Later that year she successfully defended her Olympic crown at the 2016 Games in Rio.

Adams left the GB Boxing programme following her second Olympic gold and is now a professional boxer.

Olympic and Paralympic sport in Great Britain has been transformed by Since National Lottery funding and since it began in 1997, British athletes have won 864 medals.