SOUTH Yorkshire’s Olympic taekwondo medal hope Sarah Stevenson was today mourning the loss of her mum - just weeks after the death of her father.
Diana, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January, died with family at her bedside at St John’s Hospice in Doncaster.
Sarah’s dad, Roy, aged 63, died from a brain tumour during the summer.
The 28-year-old has been inspired by her parents’ brave fight against illness in her bid for Olympic glory next year.
She becoming world champion for the third time in May.
The three-time world champion won bronze in the Beijing Olympics three years ago.
In an official statement, on the web site of her sport’s UK governing body gbtaekwondo.co.uk, she said today: “My mum, Diana, passed away after a very brave and determined battle with cancer.
“Her family were at her bedside at the St.John’s Hospice in Doncaster where she spent her last couple of days.
“She has shown amazing strength over this past year but now she has no more pain and is reunited with my dad Roy, her soul mate.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported my family through this very difficult time, particularly staff at St. John’s and the Sheffield Hallamshire Hospital.
“I would also really like to thanks my friends and family who have been amazing, and all the staff and athletes at GB Taekwondo.
“I am sure you will now respect our privacy over the coming weeks.”
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