Born in Doncaster, England in 1983, Sarah started her training at the Doncaster All Stars Taekwondo team.
Sarah still remains a member of the Doncaster club and her first coach, Master Gary Sykes is still a close family friend and acknowledged as the driving force behind Sarah's success.
In 2012 Sarah was chosen to compete in the London Olympics and was also selected as the Oath Taker of the host nation.
Representing all the athletes taking part in the Olympic Games, Sarah delivered the solemn promise during the Opening Ceremony in front of a sell-out home crowd and world-wide TV audience. It was a huge honour and proud moment that will stay with Sarah forever.
"My achievements both on and off the mat combined with my Olympic training and life challenges, ensures that I can help others achieve incredible things."
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.
At the age of 16 Sarah then qualified for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and then went on to become World Champion in 2001, the first British Taekwondo World Champion ever.
The first ever Olympic medal in Taekwondo for Great Britain was won by Sarah in Beijing 2008, overcoming the extremely well documented controversy that led to Sarah being eliminated in the quarter finals after the referee failed to recognise clear points scored. The decision was later overturned but with only 10 minutes to prepare. Even after losing this match and injuring her ankle in the process, Sarah came back to win the bronze medal, the first ever medal for GB Taekwondo and became one of the most memorable athletes from the Beijing games.
10 years after her first World title, achieving 4 European and World medals in between, Sarah won her second World title, the first to ever achieve this. This tremendous achievement was made by Sarah while both her parents were suffering with cancer.
Sarah Stevenson runs the national GB Cadet programme, nurturing and developing the talent available from clubs all over the country. Her drive, passion and determination combined with the other coaches she has hand-picked, make this an exciting programme for young people.
The Cadet Programme mission is: ‘To create a quality foundation of expectations, opportunities and positive experiences for our coaches and cadets wanting to compete at the highest level’. Sessions take place at the Great Britain National centre and training offers cadets a place to feel inspired, motivated and gives them an insight to their possible Taekwondo future.
For more information please visit British Taekwondo website