I couldn't have achieved half of what I have done without surrounding myself with a lot of special people.
However, there are 2 people in particular, who are the most special of all and I owe them so much.
My parents, Roy and Diana Stevenson were the most amazing people. They shaped and moulded me into the person and athlete that I am today. The desire and commitment they showed towards helping me to reach my goals was so inspiring, they gave me support without pressure, they gave me advice without demand and most of all, they gave me love regardless of the outcome.
My parents allowed my coach to teach me Taekwondo, yet what they taught me was more important, life skills. They taught me to have respect and to be appreciative, they taught me values and morals, but most importantly they taught me to stay grounded and never forget where I have come from and how hard I had to work to get here.
Sadly in 2011 these two amazing people were cruelly taken from us. Both taken ill with cancer and both gone within months of diagnosis, it is hard for people to comprehend how difficult 2011 was for me as a year.
They were determined, they were courageous and they were strong together, although they lost their respective battles, they were never "Beaten"
The strength of character that they had and the values by which they lived their lives are how I now behave and live on a daily basis.
I will never forget who inspired me and where I come from. I will never be "Beaten"
Sarah is planning to continue to inspire, mentor and motivate young people to achieve and carry on the legacy that she has created for GB Taekwondo, and now wants to use her experiences to help inspire anyone to a healthy and positive life.