DONCASTER’S Sarah Stevenson says her parents would be proud of her Olympic Games achievement.
The 29-year-old was defeated in the first round by America’s Paige McPherson, but her own personal battle to be fit after a knee injury in February coupled with losing dad Roy from a brain tumour in July 2011 and mum Diane from cancer in November mark her out as a superb sportswoman.
She said: “It’s been hard. For the mental side, every single day in the last 18 months, every single day. I did my best. My dad wanted me to be here, so I am here and I know they (her parents) would be proud.
“I would have been forgiven to quit, sit in the corner and cry, but I am not a quitter and I would never have quit. I just wanted to be here and do my best, and have no regrets. Obviously I’m going to be a bit disappointed, but that was my aim and my family’s aim.”
Stevenson said her injury played a part in her loss but she wouldn’t lay the blame on it: “She was a good fighter, 18 months ago it would have been a different story.
“I was fit. My knee is as good as it can be after six months and everyone has been really pleased with it.
“Whether this would have been the same outcome as 18 months ago, maybe not, I would have been 100 per cent fit, not 99 per cent and I wouldn’t have had to fight every single day for the last 18 months I would have just been able to focus on taekwondo, but obviously that’s not the case. But there’s more important things.”