Nicola Adams

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Nicola Adams
MBE
Nicola Adams - Our Greatest Team Parade.jpg
Personal information
Nickname(s) Baby Faced assassin
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born 26 October 1982 (1982-10-26) (age 31)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 112 lbs (50.8 kg)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Flyweight
Club Police Community Club

Nicola Adams, MBE (born 26 October 1982) is a British boxer and the first woman to win an Olympic boxing title. She was a Gold Medal winner at the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London.

Adams represented Haringey Police Community Club at boxing,[1] As of July 2012 (and before the London Summer Olympic Games), she was rated World Number Two in the Flyweight (51kg) division, behind Chinese world champion Ren Cancan.[2]

On 9 August 2012, Adams also became the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal, after her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Adams was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire.[6][7] She was educated at Agnes Stewart Church of England High School, Burmantofts, Leeds.[8] She has previously worked as a builder and as an extra on Coronation Street. She is openly bisexual, and in November 2012, she topped the list of The Independent's 101 most influential LGBT people in Britain for 2012. [9] [10] On 31 October 2013, she guest starred as herself in an episode of the ninth series of BBC award-winning television drama, Waterloo Road.

Career[edit]

Adams fought (and won) her first bout at the age 13, but it was four years before she found a second opponent.[11] In 2001, she became the first woman boxer ever to represent England, in a fight against an Irish boxer.[11] In 2003, she became English amateur champion for the first time,[1] and she retained the title at the next 3 championships.[11]

In 2007, Adams was the first English female to win a medal in a major tournament, taking Silver in the bantamweight (54kg) division at the European Championships in Denmark. She won Silver again at the world championships in Ningbo, China in 2008. The following year she had to abstain from the sport for several months due to a back injury,[12] but she returned to success at the 2010 world championships in Bridgetown, Barbados,[13] taking Silver again, competing now at flyweight (51kg). Adams struggled to continue her boxing career due to lack of funds. She worked as an acting extra on soaps such as Coronation Street and EastEnders and worked as a builder before the International Olympic Committee backed funding for women’s boxing in 2009.[14]

In November 2010, Adams was victorious in the first ever GB Amateur Boxing Championship at the Echo Arena Liverpool.[15] In 2011, she won Gold at the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in Katowice.[16] In July 2011, the BBC included Adams in a feature on "6 Promising Britons to watch in the Olympics".[6]

In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Adams defeated Mary Kom from India in the Flyweight semi-final.[17][18] She went on to defeat Chinese boxer and world number one Ren Cancan in the final to claim the first Olympic women's boxing Gold medal in history.[19]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Adams beat Michaela Walsh of Northern Ireland to take the gold medal in the women's flyweight division on a split decision.[20][21]

Honours[edit]

Postboxes on Cookridge Street in Leeds painted gold in honour of Adams' Olympic Gold medal win.
Year Tournament Venue Result Event
2007 European Amateur Championships Vejle, Denmark 2nd 54 kg
2008 World Amateur Championship Ningbo, People's Republic of China 2nd 54 kg
2010 World Amateur Championship Bridgetown, Barbados 2nd 51 kg
2011 European Union Amateur Championships Katowice, Poland 1st 51 kg
2011 European Amateur Championships Rotterdam, Holland 1st 51 kg
2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 1st 51 kg
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st 51 kg

In 2012 she became the first female boxer to receive an award from the Boxing Writers' Club of Great Britain.[22][22] Specifically, she was awarded the Joe Bromley Award for outstanding services to boxing.[22] She was also the first woman ever to be invited to the club's awards ceremony.[22]

She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to boxing.[23][24]

Awards[edit]

Athletics[edit]

  • BBC Sport's Personality of the Year, nominee
  • Joe Bromley Award

Other honours[edit]

  • Member of the Order of the British empire

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "One hundred hopefuls for 2012". London: The Guardian. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "AIBA World rankings". www,aiba.org. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nicola Adams Makes Olympic Boxing History". Sky News. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "London Olympics: Nicola Adams wins first ever women boxing gold". The Times Of India. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bi Olympian Nicola Adams given MBE in New Year honours list". Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Creighton, Jessica (27 July 2011). "London 2012: Promising Britons to watch in the Olympics". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Profile: Nicola Adams". International Boxing Association. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  8. ^ "Made in Leeds: How Nicola Adams grew to the brink of Olympic glory". Yorkshire Evening Post. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  9. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/aug/08/nicola-adams-boxing-was-my-path
  10. ^ "UK sport stars top 2012 Pink List". Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c "Nicola Adams, World Championship Silver Medallist". GSE Agency. 5 February 2005. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Adams’ excitement hitting fever pitch". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Marshall and Adams miss out on gold". BBC Sport (video available in UK only). 18 September 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  14. ^ Rojas, John-Paul Ford (8 August 2012). "Fighter Nicola Adams battles her way to chance at gold". London: www.telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Olympic squad shows its class in new GB Amateur Boxing Championship". GB Boxing (BABA). 14 November 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Boxer Nicola Adams confident of London 2012 gold". BBC Sport. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Bakowski, Gregg (8 August 2012). "Nicola Adams beats Mary Kom to reach 51kg Olympic final". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Nicola Adams beats India's Mary Kom to reach Olympic flyweight final". The Guardian (London). 10 February 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Olympics boxing: Great Britain's Nicola Adams wins historic gold". BBC Sport. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Glasgow 2014: Nicola Adams beats Michaela Walsh to gold". BBC Sport (BBC). 2 August 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Nicola Adams". Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Nicola Adams becomes first female boxer honoured by writers". BBC Sport (BBC). 16 October 2012. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  23. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60367. p. 24. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  24. ^ "2013 New Year's Honours". Retrieved 29 December 2012.