We are delighted to announce that Olympic Bronze Medalist, Sarah Stevenson has joined our Charity Board of Trustees.
Born in Doncaster, England in 1983, Sarah started her training at the Doncaster All Stars Taekwondo team and remains a member of the Doncaster club.
Sarah started to make a name for herself in 1998, by becoming Junior World Champion at the tender age of 15, followed by Junior European Champion in 1999.
Sarah then qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, drawing the attention of Jackie Chan who sponsored her while promoting Shanghai Noon in the UK. Although not taking a medal in the 2000 Olympics (4th place), Sarah went on to become World Champion in 2001, the first British Taekwondo World Champion ever. Sarah has since become four times European Champion and World silver medallist in 2005.
In 2008, Sarah competed in the Beijing Olympic winning the bronze medal, the first ever medal for GB Taekwondo and become one of the most memorable athletes from the Beijing games.�
Not only has Sarah shown a consistent ability to compete at the top for a number of years, but has inspired many on and off the mat.
She has recently set up ‘Sarah Stevenson Inspires’ which aims to educate and train young, aspiring athletes across a range of sports. Just a further example of why Sarah is a true ambassador to Great British sport. Sarah’s most recent sporting success came in May 2011 by becoming World Champion for the third time.
Off the mat, Sarah was awarded an MBE in 2012 and was selected by her fellow athletes to read the Athlete oath at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Since then she has also been awarded an Honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University, all of these achievements will be put to good use as Sarah develops her career over the next few years, inspiring others.
We are so excited to share our journey with Sarah and to help inspire others to become the best that they can be!