Adelé
Nicoll

Place of birthShrewsbury

Age25
Height5' 8.5"
Weight80kg

Adelé Nicoll began her bobsleigh career in the summer of 2020 after being spotted by pilot Mica McNeill via social media and since earned selection for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.

Having excelled at trials in September 2020, Adelé was selected to the GB Women’s team for the 2020/21 season, although she was predominantly a UK reserve to Montell Douglas and Victoria Williamson in her opening year.

She only made her World Cup bow in Igls in late November 2021 but she made a huge impression and was named as the reserve athlete for McNeill's crew for the highlight of the winter sporting calendar in February 2022. 

Adelé finished 10th on her GB debut at the Olympic Test Event in China in October 2021 before winning a World Cup medal in just her third bobsleigh race when she pushed McNeill to a stunning silver in Sigulda in January. That medal was the country's first female World Cup podium since 2009 and the first of McNeill's then 51-race World Cup career.  

Adelé had already excelled at international level prior to her switch to bobsleigh, having shone at shot putt from a young age, and has already qualified to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.

She was a finalist at the U18 World Championships in 2013 - the same year that she won the BBC Wales Young Sports Personality of the Year Award - and is a multiple Welsh National Champion at both junior and senior level.

Adelé won successive British Universities titles between 2016 and 2020 and has been a senior British Championships bronze medalist for the past three years. She also won bronze at the UK Indoor Championships just a week after returning from Beijing.

Despite continuing to pursue her athletics dreams, Adele’s commitment to make the Beijing Olympics has never been in doubt. She lost 19kg in eight months as she bid to better her bobsleigh credentials - a move that she also believes has made her a better shot putter (she set a personal best of 17.17m while training for bobsleigh in the summer of 2021).

In addition to her achievements across two different sports, Adelé has completed both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, graduating with a First-Class Masters in Clinical Neuroscience from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the summer of 2020.

ADELÉ IN HER OWN WORDS...

  • Nickname: Del
  • Most likely to be spotted: in the gym, at the buffet or having a nap
  • Least likely to be found: somewhere that doesn't serve coffee
  • Me in three: ambitious, compassionate, clumsy
  • Heroes: my parents: I admire them for how selfless and supportive they have been, providing for me in the best way possible throughout my entire life. I also have huge respect for Dame Kelly Holmes and really enjoyed reading her autobiography
  • Random fact: I lost 19kg in eight months
  • If I wasn’t a slider: I'd be studying for a Doctorate in Clinical or Forensic Psychology