Throughout her career she has garnered many impressive titles, Olympic champion, Commonwealth champion, European champion.
Now say hello to Dr Nicola Adams.
The flyweight sensation, who won the nation’s hearts when she became the first female boxing gold medallist in history, was yesterday honoured in her home city when she was presented with her honorary doctorate by the University of Leeds.
Dr Nic, as she can now rightly be called, told the YEP: “It is an absolute honour.
“I can’t believe it has happened. I was quite nervous before going up.
“To be honoured in Leeds, my home town where I grew up was brilliant. Leeds has always backed me all the way.”
Nicola said that she was now back in training for the qualification rounds that will hopefully lead her to defend her Olympic medal in Rio next year.
“It’s all about the Road to Rio now,” she said.
“Double Gold? Why not?”
A more sombre moment was cast when the mother and girlfriend of a Leeds University engineering student murdered in Thailand last September collected his degree after it was awarded posthumously.
David Miller, 24, was killed while in Thailand after a six-week placement as part of a scholarship at a mining company in Australia.
He had just completed his third year of Civil and Structural Engineering and was about to start the fourth year of the course.
His mother, Sue Miller, and his girlfriend, Jessy Howorth, collected a First Class Masters degree in Civil and Structural Engineering on his behalf.
Mr Miller’s family said: “We are very proud and wish to thank Leeds University for their very considerate and thoughtful gift in conferring this degree posthumously to David.
“His loss is unendurable, these times are so hard for us, but this was a very special and emotional moment.”
The trial of two Burmese men accused of murdering Mr Miller and Ms Witheridge is underway in Thailand.