Nicola Adams success boosts profile

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BOXING coach Bianca Johnson believes Nicola Adams’ Olympic success has ignited a passion for the sport among the fairer sex, and done a lot to change people’s perceptions of female competitors.

Adams, who trains at the EIS in Sheffield, became the first female boxer in history to win an Olympic meda.

“She was amazing, and thoroughly deserved it,” said Intake coach Johnson, who works for Sheffield promoter Dennis Hobson. “She put everything into that [gold medal] victory and it has brought so much publicity to girls’ boxing. It showed everybody what women can do.”

Adams’ medal has inspired a number of newcomers to join the ranks in Johnson’s Saturday morning beginners classes at the South Yorkshire Sports Academy.

“I’ve had at least five girls join up since Nicola’s win,” said Johnson.

“I’ve got three or four girls in particular who are about ready to compete, and they’ve really been putting their heart and soul into it over the last couple of weeks. They’ve even been arriving at the gym before me to do some extra skipping!”