Born in Leeds, Nicola Adams was the first woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing during the London 2012 games. Since then, she has gone on to win the gold medal in the flyweight category at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, along with achieving victory at the 2015 European Games. Continuing her athletic success, Adams won her first world championship gold in 2016 and then went on to defend her flyweight title at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Nicola Adams turned professional in 2017 and has continued to enjoy successes in her career while inspiring younger generations.
Why you should book Nicola Adams for your next event
- Nicola Adams is an inspirational speaker, being the first woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing, inspiring younger generations of girls to follow in her footsteps and reach their dreams.
- Named one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI people, Adams is able to connect with audiences to share her experiences and provide inspiring words of advice about never giving up.
- Defending her titles over the years and winning numerous more accolades, Nicola Adams demonstrates the power of not giving up and how to stay on top throughout your career.
From a young age, Nicola Adams started attending the gym with her mother in order to keep fit. It wasn’t long before she was in her first boxing session, and quickly realized her love for the sport. At age 13, Nicola knew she wanted to someday win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing, something which at the time was not a possible category for women to compete in at the games. The teen attended a selection camp for the England team in 2001 and trained alongside renowned boxer David Haye. Nicola became the first woman to represent England later in 2001, before becoming the English amateur champion for the first time in 2003. In 2007 and 2008, Nicola won medals at the European Championships and World Championships, demonstrating to everybody that she was on the rise and wasn’t going to stop.
Prior to focusing on her dreams of winning Olympic Gold, Nicola spent time working as a builder and was even an extra in popular soaps such as Eastenders and Coronation Street. At the time before women’s boxing was added to the Olympics, Nicola notes how difficult it was to train, with women having to find their own facilities and struggling to find coaches who would take them.
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