Women we love: Nicola Adams
It’s been announced that Nicola Adams will be joining the cast for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing show – it’s the UK version of Dancing With The Stars.
The big news is that Adams will be part of the show’s first same-sex competing couple.
There’s been other same-sex couples in Dancing With The Stars around the world, but the UK edition has been resisting the move until now. In the context of British television, this is a big deal.
Nicola Adams is a high profile sportsperson – an Olympic champion in boxing – and a prominent LGBTQ role-model.
Who is Nicola Adams?
Adams was born in 1982 in Leeds.
She has talked publicly about her sexuality and is celebrated as an LGBTQ Olympic champion.
Adams began boxing training as a teenager, begin to compete soon after.
In 2001, Adams became the first woman boxer ever to represent England.
In 2007, Adams became the first English female to win a medal in a major boxing tournament, taking Silver in the bantamweight (54kg) division at the European Championships in Denmark.
In the 2012 Summer Olympics, Adams claimed the first Olympic women’s boxing Gold medal.
At the 2016 Rio Olympic games, Adams successfully defended her Olympic title.
Following the Rio Olympics, Adams turned professional before retiring from the sport in 2019.