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Statement from Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Judith Blake regarding Nicola Adams gold medal


Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Judith Blake said:

“We would like to offer our congratulations to Leeds boxer Nicola Adams on the amazing achievement of claiming gold in Rio and becoming a double Olympic champion.

“Nicola is a truly outstanding role model and ambassador for the city of Leeds and this success is testament to her tremendous hard work, dedication and commitment to the sport of boxing.

“Team GB are having an amazing Olympics in Rio, and we are immensely proud that Leeds and Yorkshire are playing such a great part in this success.”

Nicola Adams OBE is a British professional boxer. The first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, she is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the women’s flyweight division. As of 27 May 2016 she is the reigning Olympic, World, Commonwealth Games and European Games champion at flyweight.

At the 2016 Rio Olympic games Adams successfully defended her Olympic title, defeating Sarah Ourahmoune of France in the Final on 20 August, becoming the first female boxer to successfully defend an Olympic title and the first British boxer to defend an Olympic title in 92 years, the last to do so being Harry Mallin in 1924.

In recognition of Nicola’s gold medal, Leeds Civic Hall will be lit up gold tonight.