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The first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, Nicola Adams, is launching a new initiative to improve the lifestyles of school children.
The Leeds boxer is championing cooking and eating healthy fresh, food with the "Get Set to Eat Fresh" campaign, which is being launched nationwide.
Olympic boxer Nicola Adams has recevied a Doctor of Laws from the University of Leeds
"It really means a lot to me being awarded an honorary degree from the University of Leeds, my hometown. It's a huge honour to be recognised for my achievement and contribution to sport and doing what I'm passionate about. I'd also like to congratulate everyone who has graduated from the University. I wish everyone continued success.”
In 2001, Leeds born boxer, Nicola Adams became the first woman boxer ever to represent England. Since then Nicola has won medals at the European Championships, the World Championships, and memorably claimed the first ever women's Olympic boxing gold medal at the London Olympic games in 2012.
Nicola followed this with another gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. She completed the hat-trick as first woman boxer to win gold at the European Games in Baku 2015.
Nicola is seen as an ambassador for Leeds and Yorkshire and is a patron of the charity ‘StreetGames’ which gives sports and volunteering opportunities to young people in disadvantaged communities in the UK.
Leeds boxer Nicola Adams is through to the final at the European Games in Baku after beating Turkey's Elif Coskun on points.