Sarah Stevenson, who made history when taking bronze in Beijing last year to claim Britain’s first ever Olympic taekwondo medal, will make her long awaited competitive comeback at the World Cup Teakwondo Team Championships in Azerbaijan this week, which run from 10-14th June.
The 26 year-old from Doncaster has been out of action since winning her historic medal with an ankle injury. Stevenson (All Stars Taekwondo Club, Doncaster) has undergone surgery on the ankle and will be looking to test her fitness as she prepares for the World Championships in Copenhagen in October.
Stevenson will be joined by a reduced team in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, with Caroline Fisher and Sophie Threlfall making up the women’s team while Craig Brown, Davoud Etmanani, Joel Jackson (Fusion Taekwondo Club, London) and Martin Stamper (Liverpool Elite) will be competing for the men.
Stevenson said, “It’s been frustrating having been injured since Beijing but I’m now just looking forward to getting back in to action. I’m not expecting too much from myself but am really using these championships to test out the ankle and see where I am in terms of fitness.”
Gary Hall, Performance Director, of Sport Taekwondo UK Ltd, commented, “Although the rules allow us to send 5 men and 5 women we have deliberately chosen to send reduced squads as we are viewing these championships as an ideal opportunity to give the athletes good competitive experience rather than fighting for medals.
“It’s going to be a busy summer for us with training camps in China and Korea scheduled for July, he second British International Taekwondo Open being staged in Manchester in August followed by the World’s in October. With such a busy schedule we are giving our athletes the best chance to prepare fully for these competitions and this week should hopefully provide a great opportunity for the team to feel their way back into competition.”