Described by The Daily Mail’s Jeff Powell as the ‘lassie from Leeds with a smile like sunshine and a punch like thunder’, boxer Nicola Adams rocketed into the nation’s consciousness with her extraordinary series of performances in the London 2012 Olympic Games, making history in the process.
The flyweight boxer – nicknamed the smiling assassin – became the first ever woman to win an Olympic Gold medal for boxing. In Rio 2016, with the nation cheering her on, she did it all over again.
Growing up in Leeds, Nicola stumbled into boxing in her local sports centre while her mum was at aerobics. Age 13 she decided that she would win an Olympic Gold: nobody was going to stop her.
Her new memoir, Believe, steps inside that glory, describing a journey that starts with a chance encounter with the sport as a teenager and ends in both personal and professional triumph. The road, however, is not smooth: prejudice, injury and defeat all conspire to dog her path, the book unpicking those moments and exploring the raw passion that helped push Adams past these very real barriers.
Years of relentless training, fundraising and determination have seen Nicola battle through to become one of Britain best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those who are chasing after a seemingly impossible dream.