Nicola became the first British boxer to retain an Olympic title for 92 years by winning gold in the women’s flyweight final at Rio 2016. Nicola, from Leeds, has now won Olympic, European and Commonwealth golds – great work!
Nicola became Great Britain’s most decorated and best-known female boxer after winning Olympic Gold at London 2012.
Boxing from the age of 12, the journey to the top has been tough for the Leeds-born athlete, who worked long hours as a painter and decorator to pay for her training. The financial strain almost caused Nicola to quit the sport. However, when women’s boxing became an Olympic sport ahead of London 2012,
Nicola’s life was transformed by Lottery funding, which invested £10 million to help Britain’s amateurs in the sport prepare for London 2012.
The National Lottery provided personal funding for Nicola to train full-time with Team GB at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The Institute is also Lottery-funded and training there allowed Nicola to benefit from state of the art equipment, coaches, physios, psychiatrists and nutritionists.