Adams’s dual target halved as burglary forces withdrawal

Leeds's Nicola Adams.
Leeds's Nicola Adams.
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Olympic and Commonwealth boxing champion Nicola Adams was due to pursue twin aims over the next few weeks with this weekend’s national championships followed by the inaugural European Games in June.

However, the 32-year-old history-maker from Leeds withdrew from this weekend’s English National Championships following a burglary at her home in Leeds. Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in, in which two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions were taken.

Adams was due to be one of the headline acts among 153 athletes across 13 sports selected to represent Great Britain at the continent’s first major multi-sport event from June 12-28 in Baku.

Leeds diver Matty Lee competes with Lois Toulson and Lydia Rosenthall plus Sheffield’s Millie Hafferty, Ross Haslam, Jordan Houlden and Millie Fowler.

Swimmers Georgia Coates, Layla Black and Amelia Clynes of Leeds are joined by Sheffield’s Darcy Deakin plus Doncaster’s Jarvis Parkinson and Joe Litchfield.

Halifax water-polo player Sophie Jackson, synchronised swimmer Rebecca Richardson of Leeds and Rotherham archer Amy Oliver are also Baku-bound.

Leeds gymnast Nile Wilson, who won two Commonwealth titles last summer, will also compete.

“I am very proud and honoured to be representing Team GB in the first ever European Games,” said Wilson, “especially coming off a serious wrist injury.”

Triathletes Gordon Benson and Jess Learmonth (Leeds), plus Philip Graves, of York, will join Adams in Baku.

The England Boxing Elite National Championships get underway at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The quarter-finals will be held today.

It is the first time the women’s and men’s events have been held together.

Adams’s withdrawal leaves three Yorkshirewomen in the competition; lightweight Hatty Nylon from Hebden Bridge, light-welterweight Chelsea Arnell of St Paul’s in Hull, and middleweight Natasha Gale, of the Jubilee Club in Sheffield.

Welterweight Connor Loftus, is one of seven Yorkshiremen competing.

The others are light-flyweight Sunny Edwards (Steel City, Sheffield); flyweight Tommy Franks (Sheffield Boxing Centre); bantamweight Reece Mould (Doncaster Plant); lightweight Cory O’Regan (Central Boxing Club, Batley); middleweight Ryszard Lewicki (Sheffield City); and Bradford light-heavyweight Ashley Vanzie.