Nicola Adams is a British professional boxer who was born on the 26th October 1982 in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Adams was educated at Agnes Stewart Church of England High School, Ebor Gardens, Leeds.
Adams fought and won her first bout at the age of 13, but took four years before she found a second opponent.
In 2001, Adams became the first female boxer ever to represent England, in a fight against an Irish boxer. In 2003, she became the English amateur champion for the first time, and she retained the title for 3 championships in a row.
Adams is the first female to win an Olympic boxing title; she is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the women's flyweight division Olympic World, Commonwealth Games and European Games champion at flyweight. She is openly bisexual and was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by the Independent in 2012. Adams also became the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal, after her win at the 2012 summer Olympics.
Adams didn’t however, achieved success without easily. She has worked so hard to get where she is today. She was born into poverty. She fought sexism, racism and crippling injuries in sport. She survived it with the help of her mother, Dee.
In an interview with the Mirror UK, Adams noted that “My mum used to have to fund everything if I wanted to go away to box in another country or go to training camps or even just driving to the gym. It was a big expense.”
In recognition of her dedication and hard work, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) IN 2013.