Ni­cola Adams

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

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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?

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