About me

Nicola Adams MBE is officially Great Britain’s most successful female boxer of all time. In August 2016, Nicola achieved what was the proudest moment of her career so far, in becoming the first British boxer to successfully defend their Olympic title for 92 years.

Having also become World Champion in May 2016 she has now secured a grand slam of titles, and is the only female boxer in the history of the sport to have won every major title available to her; Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth. 

Over the course of the London 2012 games, she became an icon of the games after winning Great Britain's first ever female boxing Gold, having defeated three time world champion Red Cancan She instantly became a role model, realising her dream in front of millions, as the nation tuned in to see the world’s best female boxers come toe-to-toe for the first time in the Olympic Games.

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.

Nicola’s history of breaking records continued in 2014 and 2015, as she won gold at both the Commonwealth Games, as well as the first ever female Boxing gold medal at the European Games in Baku. This represents another incredibly proud moment for Nicola as she was also selected for the honour of being Team GB’s flag bearer.

She is a true champion in every sense of the word, having overcome both injury and adversity early in her career; Nicola fought back from a career threatening injury in 2009 to win a silver medal at the 2010 World Championships and gold at the European Amateur Championships, subsequently qualifying for London 2012.

She was the first English woman to be awarded a medal in the 2008 AIBA Women’s World Championships. She also was the first ever English female to earn a medal in a major tournament at the European Championships in 2007 winning silver.

Through several initiatives and organisations (Fight for Peace), 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).


  • 2016: Gold – Olympic Games Rio

    2016: Gold – World Championships Astana

    2015: Gold – European Games Baku

    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

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.

Gold Medal Win at Rio 2016

The Adams Team

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