No pain no gain for world champion battler Sarah!

Great Britain's Sarah Stevenson.     Pictures: nick potts/pa wire
Great Britain's Sarah Stevenson. Pictures: nick potts/pa wire
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IT is hard work trying to please the media cameras, maintaining world champion fitness levels...and looking your best at the same time.

Sheffield’s heptathlon queen Jessica Ennis, pin up girl for the 2012 London Olympics manages it - and so does Doncaster’s super athlete Sarah Stevenson.

Sarah, a world champion taekwando exponent, was put through her paces at a media event at Sport City, Manchester yesterday.

The 28-year-old, a bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games found the circuit training hard going and decided to treat herself to a little luxury soon afterwards.

She Tweeted: “Sat in hairdressers, in need of a pampering after a hard circuit. Sweat was pouring!”

Sarah, a former pupil of Don Valley High School in Scawthorpe, was controversially overlooked in the all-male shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. But she was appointed an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to martial arts.

Recently she wrote: “People often ask how I got into taekwondo, but it’s always been in my family.

“My brother did it when he was young, so I just joined in. It wasn’t like I was raised on a diet of Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee movies and influenced to emulate them, nor was it a case that, like the Karate Kid, I was getting bullied so I started taekwondo to protect myself.

“I never really did anything else and never looked back.”

The European Taekwondo Championships are being held in Manchester on May 3-6.