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 latest blog, Nicola reflects on booking her spot on the plane to Rio, gearing up for next week’s World Championships and writing her name into the record books again
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While it was great to book my spot on the team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio, it is certainly not job done – I want the full set of major titles and that means gold at the forthcoming World Championships.
I had a few days off after the European Olympic qualifiers in Turkey and then it was straight back into the gym for the World Championships.
I was really happy with how I boxed in Turkey. I said that I was going there to get the gold medal and secure my place for Rio and I did just that.
I’m the type of person who will always aim high. I don’t go into the ring looking for any other colour medal than gold.
It will be the same approach for the World Championships which are being held in Kazakhstan and get underway on May 19.
We fly out there next Tuesday and I can’t wait to get going. It’s the one title that is missing from my collection.
I’ve had a silver medal at each of the last three World Championships and I really want to complete the set and say that I am Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth champion.
It would be a great achievement and one that not many people do in any sport.
Despite all the wins though, I won’t be going there showing any complacency.
There are always areas to improve on. That’s the thing that I really like about boxing – you are never the finished article.
You can always get that little bit faster, that little bit stronger, that little bit sharper.
I will be keeping my eye out for all my opponents. It’s another opportunity for people to qualify for the Rio, for people to achieve their Olympic dream, so the standard is going to be very high.
But you can guarantee that I’m going to be giving 110% to make that final step and go one better than my previous World Championship silver medals.
After the World Championships it will then obviously be really busy as the countdown to Rio continues.
We have got a couple of multi-nation competitions and then it will be focusing on Rio.
I’ve been to the city before on a training camp and then with my charity work with Fight for Peace last year.
It’s a great country and I’m sure they are going to put on a great show for the Games – and I will be trying to put on a show too.
Tune back in next month to find out if Nicola achieved her dream of completing the full set of major titles