Proud mum Dee’s ready for her girl to be an Olympic hit

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MOST mums would be horrified by the prospect of watching their daughter in a fight.

Dee Adams, though, can’t wait to see her little girl slugging it out with the best of them next week.

For Dee’s daughter is 29-year-old Leeds boxer Nicola Adams, one of Team GB’s top medal hopes at the Olympics.

Nicola starts her quest for gold on Monday in the quarter-finals of the flyweight division in London.

And Dee today told of her pride as her daughter prepared for the week that could change her life forever.

She said: “I’m feeling good, although whenever Nicky goes into a tournament I never get too excited until she gets a medal – then we can all start celebrating.

“She is getting a lot of support from the community here in Leeds, that’s good to know.”

Asked what it was like watching her daughter in action, Dee said: “I’ve never been squeamish, put it that way!

“She started [boxing] at the age of 12 and my view was always the same – it was better for her to be at the gym and working hard than off somewhere I didn’t know about.”

Dee, from Ebor Gardens, will be ringside with her son, 24-year-old Kurtis, for Nicola’s bout on Monday.

Victory would guarantee the former Agnes Stewart School pupil at least a bronze.

She will face either Stoyka Petrova of Bulgaria or New Zealand’s Siona Fernandes in the quarter-final encounter.

The flyweight division’s semi-finals will take place on Wednesday, with the final to follow on Thursday.

Nicola’s finest hour – to date – came last September, when she won the European title in the Polish city of Katowice.

She has also picked up three silver medals in world championship finals.

The former Burmantofts Gym regular has been training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield for the last 18 months.

She is also used to the spotlight out of the ring, having acted as an extra in TV soaps Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

London 2012 is the first Olympics to include women’s boxing.

l Other local athletes due to appear at the Games on Monday include Harrogate diver Jack Laugher and 1500m runner Laura Weightman, a student at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Leeds diver Hannah Starling, 17, goes for glory in the 3m springboard event tomorrow.

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