The British Olympic Association is pleased to announce that the following taekwondo athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain as members of Team GB at the forthcoming Olympic Games in Sydney.
Sarah Stevenson – Welterweight Female
Sarah Stevenson was born in Doncaster on May 20, 1983. She has taken time out from her studies in sports recreation to train for Sydney. She has trained in taekwondo since the age of eight. Bronze medallist in the world Olympic selection competition, she is the current World junior champion and senior European champion. In May this year she won gold at the Austrian Open. There are 12 finalists remaining at Sarah’s welterweight division for Sydney.
Colin Daley – Heavyweight Male
Colin Daley was born in London on April 12, 1975. Colin is currently studying engineering at Loughborough University. Although only in the sport for six years he has won gold in 12 of his last 19 competitions. A bronze medallist at the Olympic selection competition, Colin also won gold in May this year at the Austrian Open. There are 13 finalists remaining at Colin’s heavyweight division for Sydney.
Taekwondo was a demonstration sport at the Seoul Games, 1988, and the Barcelona Games, 1992. This is the first time taekwondo will be a full medal sport at the Olympic Games.
Simon Clegg, Team GB’s Chef de Mission for the Sydney Olympic Games, said: ‘I am delighted to welcome these taekwondo athletes into Team GB. This will be the first time taekwondo has been a full medal sport at the Games and the records of both athletes show Britain has some exciting talent in the sport.’
For more information contact Mark Howell (ext. 213), Philip Pope (ext. 233) or Becki Middleton (ext. 215) in the BOA Press Office on 020 8871 2677
Source: British Olympic Association