Nicola Adams...An athlete's view
14 October 2015 / 17:51
Born in Leeds, Nicola Adams became the first British female boxer to win a medal in a major tournament when she came away with silver at the 2007 European Championships in Denmark. Since then, Adams fighter has continued to write her name into the record books, claiming the first Olympic women’s boxing medal in history at London 2012. She then added the Commonwealth Games title in 2014, taking the women’s flyweight title on a split decision, before becoming European Games Champion during the inaugural event at Baku 2015.
In her first monthly blog, Nicola talks through her injury comeback, women’s boxing and making more history.
We have never had a double Olympic Champion in boxing so that is my main goal and to achieve that would mean so much to me. However right now my focus is all on the World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan in January, especially because that is the only medal missing from my collection. So if I was able to go there and win then it would mean I have won them all, which would be a huge achievement for me. It’s also a really important event because it doubles up as the qualifiers for the Olympics so there is that added incentive to do well. Training is already underway and I feel in really good shape at the moment.
Earlier this summer it was great to be able to win the title at the first European Games. Baku was an amazing experience and it was my first competition back after my shoulder injury so to go there with that and be able to come through and take gold was great.
I had a back injury in 2009 and I was out of boxing for a full year but then I was able to come back and win the Olympics. So to be able to bounce back again and take another title gives me confidence and means I’m hopefully on the same course again and will be able to repeat the success next year.
Going into Baku I was the favourite for the title and of course there is added expectations these days, but that doesn’t really get to me. Obviously things are very different from when I went into London when I didn’t have that same pressure on my shoulders, but I am approaching everything in the same way as I always have because the training is what has got me here. All the things that have come from success have ultimately come from training hard and working hard so that is always the priority and I will never get carried away.
As I look ahead and plan for Rio I know what to expect, whereas London was my first Games so it was all new to me and that was something I had to get used to. But that experience is going to be a big help when it comes down to it and will be invaluable if I want to win gold again in Rio. There’s so much ahead that I haven’t really thought about what would come next after Rio but there are so many options.
Being able to make a difference in the sport is brilliant. It’s all a bit surreal to be honest but if I can inspire people to take up boxing, or any sport, then it’s fantastic.
Since 2012 I have seen so many more girls doing boxing and I know the participation figures show a big increase in numbers over the last few years. So that is really incredible and hopefully it will have another boost after the Olympic Games in Rio.
For now the goal is to go into next year in the best shape possible and really just try and make some more history.
We’ll catch up with Nicola in November to hear about the work she has been doing to encourage people into boxing.