Nicola Adams - Olympic Boxer

Olympic gold medal-winning boxer Nicola Adams encourages girls to get involved in boxing and enjoy the fitness benefits of boxercise training.

Presenter Jess Creighton meets Nicola Adams, the best known female boxer in the world, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, home of GB boxing’s successful Olympic team. Nicola explains her love for the sport, and the benefits of boxing’s many disciplines and its exceptional fitness training. Nicola talks about her own career and what originally drew her to the sport of boxing, after she accidentally got involved as a youngster. The champion also explains what the sport has done for her in terms of life skills, fitness, organisation, inter-personal skills, making friends and that it has given her recognition and a celebrity status….although she still doesn’t like getting hit ! We next see Nicola give a boxercise session for girls at a primary school in her native Leeds. Nicola demonstrates the many skills needed for boxing training and fitness, such as skipping, fast foot movement and various punching techniques on pads, all in an enjoyable and safe non-contact training environment, and takes questions about training from her young pupils.

Teacher Notes

Nicola talk about how she doesn’t like to be hit when she is boxing, pretty much the same as the rest of us, but she uses this to encourage herself to be the best in her sport. During the video Nicola discuss how she is proud of where she has come. Can you think of a time when you were proud? What made you proud? Why were you proud? Boxing in a ring may not be for everyone however there are many different aspects of boxing which you can do such as; boxercise or skipping. What barriers may be in the way for girls wanting to take part in sport?What reasons could you give other girls to make them want to take part in sports?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physical Education and Modern Studies at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 2nd, 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.