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Stevenson Determined to Make London 2012

Stevenson Determined to Make London 2012

 Sarah Stevenson in action in Beijing, 2008

by James Skitt - 13.02.12

British Taekwondo World Champion Sarah Stevenson hopes the sport science and medical support from GB Taekwondo and the English Institute of Sport (EIS) can help her recover in time to compete at the London 2012 Olympics later this year.

Stevenson underwent surgery last week to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained at a recent training camp in Mexico but, speaking to Insidethegame.biz, she remains optimistic of fulfilling her Olympic ambitions.

"I feel that this is just a blip in my preparation for London 2012," she said.

"I've been through worse and I can get through this.

"I'm strong mentally and physically and this is only going to make me more determined.

"And with all the support from the best medical staff at GB Taekwondo and the EIS, I'm determined to be at the Olympics."

Stevenson, who will miss the forthcoming Dutch and German Opens, now has until the end of May to prove her fitness before GB selectors nominate the Olympic squad.

After winning the World Championships in Korea Stevenson was voted Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year and also received an MBE in the New Year honours list.

GB Performance Director Gary Hall said, "Sarah has suffered some extremely bad luck at a very important time in what she hoped was a re-building for 2012, with Olympic gold her target.

"She was doing extremely well in Mexico but in an innocuous move twisted her knee in the wrong way.

"This has resulted in pretty serious damage to the knee.

"However, we believe Sarah will make it back in time to be considered for selection.

"The team here, and that includes our physio, strength and conditioning coach, doctor, psychologist and nutritionist, is going to be doing everything in their power to give her 100 percent support.

"We'll be working closely with EIS who, with lottery funding from UK Sport, have world leading rehabilitation specialists in place to support us.”

The EIS provide a range of support services to GB Taekwondo including Physiotherapy, Strength and Conditioning and Performance Analysis.

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