November 4, 2012
Olympian Nicola Adams takes Pink List gold…
2012 just keeps getting better and better for London 2012 gold-winning boxer Nicola Adams, as she finds herself taking top podium spot in this year’s Pink List. Household name Clare Balding scooped up an impressive silver, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell took home the bronze.
The Pink List, which lists the 101 most influential lesbian, gay and transgender figures in the UK, placed 3 Olympic and Paralympic athletes in the top 10. This is not only a great day for the lgbt community but a great day for sport.
I am thrilled for bisexual boxer Nicola. Not only is she (literally) a strong female role model, but Nicola also represents a sport that until the 2012 Olympics was strictly ‘men only’, and so she is the first ever woman to win an Olympic boxing medal. She stormed to the podium with an incredible 16-7 point victory in the flyweight category; completely outclassing three time World Champion, China’s Ren Cancan who beat her in the 2010 World Championship.
It is vital that we continue to recognise the contributions, talent and straight up fight that it takes to really make a difference in this world. What is even more wonderful is the diversity of achievement the Pink List demonstrates this year. From politicians to sports personalities, from the co-chairs of SchoolsOUT to the CEO of the Arts Council, writers, comedians, lawyers and many many more.
Let’s also not forget Elly Barnes who took the 2011 Pink List top spot. Elly pushed the boundaries of the education system to successfully challenge homophobia in our schools. Elly has now made way for Nicola. Nicola, who at only 13 won her first ever boxing bout. 13, a school child, and already moving toward something great.
So congratulations to Nicola, the 101 lgbt people who made the list, to everyone who was nominated, and to the unnamed warriors who continue to do everything they can to make the world better, safer, and diverse.
Watch Elly Barnes talk about the 2012 nominations and why she’s pleased that the winner is Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams:
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