Nicola Adams - Olympian Honored With an MBE

Nicola Adams, the first woman to win an Olympic gold boxing title, said it is "all a bit surreal" to now also be honoured with an MBE.

"It is really good to receive such a prestigious honour,'' said Adams, 30, from Leeds.

"Everything is all a bit surreal for me.

"It has been an incredible year. To have achieved so much in that time - it is really hard to put it into words how amazing this year has been.

"I have won an Olympic gold medal and have met the Queen.''

The flyweight with a mega-watt grin is now aiming to compete at the Rio 2012 Olympics.

She said: "I have got a chance, hopefully to become a double Olympic champion - and that sounds good.''

Adams was also pleased that British Amateur Boxing Association performance director Rob McCracken, who is credited for Team GB's haul of five boxing medals at London 2012, has got a MBE.

"I am really happy for him. He is a fantastic coach - that is fantastic," she said.

Adams' mother Dee said: "Who would have thought at the start of this year that she would have these two titles - Olympic champion and now MBE. I am very proud.

"I would never ever have thought this could have happened when she was 12 and I brought her and her brother to the gym.

"She is living her dream. Her brother Kurtis says it (the MBE) is phenomenal.''

Just three years ago Adams' Olympic dream was uncertain.

She cracked a bone in her back in 2009 when she tripped and fell down the stairs on her way to a bout.

She was bed-bound for three months and out of the ring for a year.

Adams worked her way back and in to the ring as women's boxing made its first appearance at the Olympics at the London 2012 Games.

The sport still had its doubters and vocal critics but the cheering crowd at London's ExCel arena saw a high standard of women's Olympic boxing that was thrilling featuring top athletes.

Adams is also a three-times world championship silver medallist and a European champion.

Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Charlo-Williams, Cuellar-Mares, Promoted By Schaefer, on Dec. 10 Photos: LaRon Mitchell, Scott Alexander Ready For Battle Photos: Valdez, Magdaleno Putting in Work For PPV Fights Golovkin's Promoter Willing To Make Concessions To Get Canelo David Price: If I Land Joshua, I'm Going in There To Do Damage WBO Prez: No Doubt Canelo Knocks Mayweather Out in Rematch! Orlando Salido's Adviser Provides Update on Back Injury Abel Sanchez Has High Expectations For Alex Saucedo Photos: Gennady Golovkin is a Big Hit in Mexico City Parker-Ruiz Approved For WBO Belt, Winner Must Face David Haye Sam Soliman Over The Moon With Court Victory in Germany Coyle-Hibbert, Scarpa-Davies, Bellotti Set For Nov 26 at Wembley Hearn Frustrated: Klitschko-Browne is Huge Letdown For Fans! Carl Frampton Says Rematch Deal Finalized With Leo Santa Cruz Chilemba Training With Roy Jones Jr. For Oleksandr Gvozdyk Alberto Palmetta, Olympian, Inks With Sampson, Maravilla Photos: Frankie Gavin, Sam Eggington Square Up at FInal Presser Paddy Barnes US Debut Set, Added To Top Rank's March 17 Card Abel Sanchez: Golovkin Can Be Nice, Gassiev Wants To Hurt You! Tony Thompson: That ‘Fool’ Dillian Whyte Is C-Level, Easy Work Roberto Duran: Canelo Alvarez Will Beat Gennady Golovkin! Magdaleno: I Want To Send Nonito Donaire Into Retirement Hooker: 140 is a Tough Division, Terence Crawford is Top Dog David Price Willing To Replace Klitschko, Fight Anthony Joshua Hearn: I Think Klitschko Might Be Looking For Easier Fight Micki Nielsen-Kevin Lerena: Muller Breaks Down The Fight Jeff Horn, Rico Mueller on Weight - Both Promise To Win Big Canelo Says Saunders, Golovkin Both on The Agenda for 2017 Robert Helenius, Sauerland Settle Dispute - Will Work Together HBO and The Good Ol' Days Mythology Team Cotto: Tim Bradley Would Be a Huge Fight, Great To Make Photos: Canelo Greeted By Crawford, Serrano, Calderon in PR Lucas Matthysse Eyes Welterweight Gold, Return in Early 2017 Pacquiao Finishing Up Phase 1 of Camp Behind Closed Doors Photo: Canelo Alvarez Hits Puerto Rico For WBO Convention Juanma vs. Vazquez: Jonathan Oquendo Added To The Card Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lucas Browne Eyed For Hamburg, Dec. 10 Ray Beltran Staying Busy, Makes Ring Return on December 2 Shabranskyy vs. Sullivan Barrera HBO Triple Set For December 16 Abel Sanchez on balancing Andy Ruiz, Gassiev training schedules

Latest Active Forum Threads