Sarah Stevenson: Factfile

Sarah Stevenson - with some of her early career trophies.
Sarah Stevenson - with some of her early career trophies.

ALL you need to know about Doncaster gold medal hope Sarah Stevenson - who begins her London 2012 Olympic campaign at 10.30am this morning.

Born: March 30, 1983

Weight category: -67kg

Height: 179cm

Former school: Don Valley High School

Biography

At the tender age of 15, Sarah became a junior world champion.

Three years later she became Britain’s first senior world champion.

Stevenson is a four-time European champion.

Four yours ago in Beijing, Sarah became the first ever British athlete to win a medal in Taekwondo at an Olympic Games.

But that bronze medal was shrowded in controversy: Sarah was eliminated in the quarter-finals after the referee failed to recognise a clear point scoring kick to her opponent.

The decision was later overturned but with just 20 minutes to prepare, Sarah was defeated in the semi-final.

She won the world crown again last year despite nursing her parents through terminal illnesses.

Sarah recently set up ‘Sarah Stevenson Inspires’ which aims to educate and train young, aspiring Taekwondo athletes.

Earlier this year she was named the fourth most inspirational woman in sport by Zest magazine.

Stevenson was named Doncaster’s Sports Personality of the Year at the 2012 Keepmoat Stadium Sports Awards.

She was awarded an MBE in the most recent New Year’s honours list.

Major Honours

1998 – Junior World Champion

1999 – Junior European Champion

2000 – Sydney Olympian (fourth place)

2001 – World Champion

2002 – European Silver Medallist

2004 – European Silver Medallist

2004 – Athens Olympian

2005 – World Silver Medallist

2005 – European Champion

2006 – European Champion

2006 – Commonwealth Champion

2008 – Olympic Bronze Medallist

2009 – British Open Champion

2010 – European Champion

2011 – World Champion

2012 - ?