Nicola is guest of honour

Nicola Adams by her golden postbox in Leeds Credit: Calendar news

Leeds’ own Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams MBE will be the guest of honour at the launch of a new exhibition showcasing local talent today.

The 30-year-old, who made history at London 2012 by becoming the first-ever winner of an Olympic gold medal in women’s boxing, will be star guest at a display of art produced by local girls which goes on show at the St John’s Centre.

The display follows a project carried out by the girls, aged 11 to 15 through the Harehills-based charity Getaway Girls. They have used the Olympic themes to look at the roles of sportswomen from the past and present to the future as well as fashion within the sports industry.

Nicola, who was recently presented with her MBE for services to boxing at Buckingham Palace, is the president of national Sport England-funded initiative US Girls which aims to encourage young women in disadvantaged areas to be more active, and was a partner in the project.