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    ‘EVERY ATHLETE’S DREAM’ SAYS NICOLA

    November 29th, 2012

    NICOLA WHITE stepped into the shoes of former Loughborough College student Sarah Stevenson today to read the Olympic athletes’  oath.

     The history-making Taekwondo star, 29, now a College sports ambassador, read the words on the biggest stage of all at the Olympic Games opening ceremony at London 2012 a few months ago.

     Nicola, 24, sporting her bronze medal won with Team GB’s women’s hockey team, welcomed  120 youngsters from Loughborough’s Church of England, Mountfields and Boothwood schools to the latest Flames Festival staged at the Netball Centre at Loughborough University.

     She told them: “London 2012 was great.  It’s every athlete’s dream to play in a home Olympics in front of friends and family. One of the best things of all was meeting so many people – in particular Mo Farreh, who is someone I have always put on a pedestal. He was really genuine and a great guy.”

     Now backing playing top class hockey for Premier Division high-flyers Leicester Ladies, Nicola added: “I’m trying to get young people involved in sport and to be physically active.”

     Boothwood School learning support assistant Carole Chamberlain summed up: “I went to Flames last year and I think the programme is brilliant. The most exciting thing of all for the children is to actually see someone who has won an Olympic medal.”

    WHY 2012 HAS BEEN GREAT FOR SARAH STEVENSON

    November 21st, 2012

    SARAH STEVENSON picked up an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University yesterday and admitted some really are as important as an Olympic medal.

     The 29-year-old former Loughborough College student and current Flames ambassador suffered disappointment when she was eliminated in the first round of the -67kg Taekwondo competition at London 2012.

     But she explained why it had still been a fantastic year for her.

     “I’m privileged to have been an athlete for the past 20 years and would like to thank the University for honouring me. Things like the MBE and being chosen to read the athletes’ oath at the Olympics are just as important to me as an athletics medal round my neck. I will do my best to promote and support the University.”

     Sarah, who has competed in four Olympic Games and became the first member of Team GB to win a medal in the sport at Beijing in 2008, has won many plaudits for her views on sport and life.

     She regained the world title in 2011 – a year in which both her parents died – and consistently maintained that success at London 2012 wasn’t everything as she fought bravely to recover from surgery.

     

     

    I CAN WORK WITH OTHER SPORTS – SARAH

    September 25th, 2012

    COLLEGE sports ambassador Sarah Stevenson may be set to spread her sporting wings to help create a positive legacy from London 2012.

    The 29-year-old former Loughborough College student is currently assessing her competitive future after being knocked out in the first round in her fourth Olympic Games. The winner of Team GB’s first ever Taekwondo medal in Beijing, Sarah fought a courageous and emotional battle to be fit for London after suffering an injury earlier in the year.

    Pledging to continue training despite taking a few months off for a well-deserved break, she adds: “I want to be a part of the legacy and see where it is going to go. It’s great to see how Taekwondo has come on in this country in the last decade but I don’t just want to stick to it. I’d like to inspire athletes in other sports too. I’d hate to leave sport and do a normal job. I want to be involved.”

    WHY SARAH STEVENSON CAN’T THINK OF RIO

    September 17th, 2012

     LOUGHBOROUGH College sports ambassador Sarah Stevenson MBE has given her clearest indication yet that London 2012 may be her last Olympic Games.

    Given the immense honour of delivering the athletes’ oath in her home Games, Sarah, who was sidelined from competition this year through injury, bowed out in the preliminary round.

    And the 29-year-old told BBC Sport she is reluctant to commit to what would be a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

    She said: “It is difficult to say that I will go all the way to Rio because I never said that I would go to London either. When you are a little bit older and have finished an Olympic Games, a lot can happen in four years.”

    Sarah took her Olympic bow in Sydney in 2000 and fought again in Athens in 2004 but her best performance was reserved for Beijing four years ago when she won Team GB’s first ever Taekwondo medal.

    She added that she treasured that moment but rated her achievement in regaining her world title in 2011 as still more special.

    Three facts you may not know about Sarah Stevenson

     

    .She was sponsored by martial arts legend Jackie Chan during the making of his film Shanghai Moon.

    .Ten years spanned her first and latest world tiles. She conquered the globe in 2001 and repeated it last year.

    .Sarah was a distance learning student at Loughborough College from 2007 to 2011, achieving a number of qualifications.

    SARAH STEVENSON SEEKS TO INSPIRE FUTURE TAEKWONDO STARS

    September 10th, 2012

    SARAH STEVENSON will be putting her London 2012 disappointment behind her by attempting to inspire the next generation of Taekwondo stars this winter.

    One of Loughborough College’s most celebrated former students, who took the athletes’ oath at the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games, Stevenson is a current College sports ambassador with a role to help create a positive legacy from a great summer of sport.

    Stevenson, who made history by winning Team GB’s first ever Taekwondo medal in Beijing whilst enrolled as a College student, rounded off an incredibly emotional 18 months in which she lost both her parents, regained her world title, received an MBE and fought a last-ditch battle to be fit for London 2012 by being eliminated in the first round.

    Now GB Taekwondo have announced the return of the ‘Sarah Stevenson inspires’ workshop in November and she says: “It’s been an amazing year for GB Taekwondo. I hope this year’s sessions will be the biggest and best so far. As always I promise to have special guests to motivate and add to your experience.”

    The sessions, working alongside club coaches, aim to target young, aspiring Taekwondo athletes between the ages of 11 – 19.Sarah will share her experiences, good and bad, to assist and accelerate the learning curve of these athletes and to help them achieve their goals