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Other Sports - 04. January 2012.

Sarah Stevenson honoured

Sarah Stevenson has ended the most difficult year of her life on a welcome high after being recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list.

The WTF world taekwondo champion, who lost her parents, Diana and Roy to cancer during 2011, has received an MBE.

It comes three weeks after the 28-year-old Doncaster born star was also named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year.

Delighted Stevenson said:"It is such a huge honour to receive an MBE.

"It's fantastic to be recognised for the hard work I have put into Taekwondo for the past 21 years.

"I know my parents would have been so proud of this award.

"It's also a boost for the sport in this country and I am proud to be an ambassador for Taekwondo.

"I hope this will continue to help raise the profile of this great sport."

Stevenson, who hasn't competed since claiming her second world title in South Korea last May, hopes to improve upon her 2008 Beijing bronze medal at next summer's London Olympic Games.

And (January) she joins the rest of Britain's Manchester based squad at a training camp in Mexico City.


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