Leeds boxer Nicola Adams, 32, grew up in Burmantofts before becoming the first woman boxer to win a gold medal at the Olympics. The reigning Olympic, Commonwealth and European champion at flyweight is now training to compete in the Rio Olympic Games in 20
What is your first Yorkshire memory?
I’d be only five or six and I can remember my first visit to Roundhay Park in Leeds and seeing all the fish at Tropical World with my mum and dad. We’d play in the park and have an ice cream. I can also remember going to Temple Newsam. It’s a really nice place. You’ve got woods and a running track. I can still remember my first fight as a 13-year-old. It was at East Leeds Working Men’s Club and I boxed three one-and-a-half-minute rounds. I won on points. I forget the name of the girl I beat. I was inspired to take up boxing after watching a recording of the Rumble in the Jungle – that great fight in 1974 between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
What is your favourite part of the county and why?
Coming from Leeds, it has to be Leeds. The people are really friendly. They recognise me when I am out and about and stop me for photos which I don’t mind. Leeds is a good place to shop and there are so many fine restaurants and bars. I like the coast too. As a kid, we went to Scarborough and I remember the penny slot machines. From school, we’d go on a coach to Bridlington and enjoy fish and chips. There’d be my class of 30 and another class on the coach.
What is your idea of a perfect day or weekend out in Yorkshire?