About me

Nicola is Great Britain’s most decorated female boxer.

She was the first ever English female to earn a medal in a major tournament at the European Championships in 2007 winning silver. Then in 2011, she won Great Britain’s first ever gold. Nicola was also the first English woman to be awarded a medal in the 2008 AIBA Women’s World Championships.

Despite suffering a career-threatening back injury in 2009, Nicola was selected to be part of the new GB women’s boxing squad and qualified to compete at the London 2012 Games by winning her third silver medal at the World Championships in 2011.

Nicola made history when she beat three-time world Champion, China’s Ren Cancan, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. She unintentionally became an inspiring role model having realised her dream as millions of people watched to see top female boxers compete for the first gold medal ever to be on offer.

In recognition of her services to boxing and unprecedented achievement, Nicola was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year’s Honours list.

In 2014, with the world’s eyes on her at the Commonwealth Games, she beat Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh to become a history-maker once again. Unknown to her opponents, Nicola had silently powered through each round following months of an agonising shoulder injury.

Through several initiatives and organisations, Nicola has encouraged people of all ages and abilities to join their local sports clubs, enjoy the benefits this brings whilst promoting living a healthy and well-balanced lifestyle. She has worked with charities and strives to raise awareness of young people and women in sport and boxing.

Nicola has enjoyed acting; she appeared as an extra in some of Britain’s iconic soaps, including, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, and had a cameo appearance in the BBC’s award-winning drama series, Waterloo Road, where she played herself (October 2013).


  • 2014: Gold – Glasgow Commonwealth Games

    2013: Gold – European Championships

    2013: Appointed MBE

    2012: Gold – Olympic Games (London 2012)

  • 2012: Silver – AIBA World Championships

    2011: Gold – European Championships

    2008: Silver – AIBA World Championships

    2007: Silver – European Championships


A star is born!

Born October 26th 1982.

First female boxer to represent England!

elected by the ABA, Nikki fought against an Irish Boxer for the first time. Winning Gold

International Box Cup, Norway. Bronze

English Amateur National Championships, Gold

She became English amateur champion for the first time.

English Amateur National Championships, Gold

English Amateur National Champs 2004

York v Canada, Gold

Ahmet Comert Box Cup, Bronze

Witch Cup in Hungary, Silver

European Championships, Silver

Witch Cup in Hungary, Gold

World Championships, Silver

Angered Centrum Box Cup, Gold

First Female Olympic Boxing Champion

The first time women are able to compete in boxing at the Games, Nicola wins Gold

No.1 - Independent on Sunday Pink List

Nicola tops the list of influential and inspirational LGBT peers

Sports Personality of the Year 2012 - nominated

Amongst other esteemed athletes, Nicola is one of the 12 nominated off the back of a very successful Olympic Games for Team GB

Awarded MBE

The Queen honours Nicola as a Member of the British Embassy

Sportswoman of the Year 2013

Glamour Awards recognises Nicola's contribution to sport

European Championships - Gold

Nicola maintains her top position

A 'Leading Lady' for M&S

Along with Helen Mirren, Laura Mvula, Ellie Golding and Katie Piper, Nicola models key pieces from the AW13 range

Waterloo Road cameo

Nicola appears as herself, helping young Casey build her confidence in the ring

ITV Sports Life Stories airs

The documentary highlights Nicola’s journey to winning the first women's Olympic Gold in boxing

Sport Relief project visit in South Africa

Nicola meets children affected by AIDS and HIV to encourage public support and donations

First female Commonwealth Boxing Champion

Nicola makes history again by securing Gold

World Championships, Silver

European Union Amateur Championships, Gold

First female National Champion, Police Boxing Association of England

European Championships, Riccione, Italy, Gold

National ABA Women’s Boxing, Gold

ABA Senior International Competition, Gold

European Games 2015, Gold

Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams won flyweight gold in Baku.


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The Adams Team

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