GOLDEN girl Sarah Stevenson has declared herself fit and ready for the London 2012 Olympics.
But the 29-year-old, who underwent cruciate knee ligament surgery in February, could still face an anxious wait to discover whether she has made the cut for Britain’s four-strong Taekwondo team.
Stevenson was deservedly crowned Sports Personality of the Year at last week’s Doncaster Sports Awards after showing incredible courage to become a world champion for the third time in her career.
The Bentley fighter’s life was turned upside down last year after the death of both of her parents.
A serious knee injury then cast doubt on her availability for this summer’s Olympics.
But Stevenson says her rehabilitation is ahead of schedule and she expects to compete in London.
She said: “The injury is fine. I’ll be sparring in a week’s time.
“My fitness is there already, it’s just the full contact stuff that I need to get into my training.
“I’m nearly there.
“I’ve got a good three months to train for the Olympics,” she added.
“The injury is still going to be there, it’s not going to go away - but it’ll fine for the Games.”
Stevenson’s mother Diana was diagnosed with cancer last January and passed away in October, just three months after her father Roy died following a brain tumour.
Yet somehow the reigning Olympic bronze medallist found the determination and drive to win World Championship gold in Korea last May.
Stevenson hopes to win gold at London 2012 in honour of her parents.
She said: “Last year I wasn’t really thinking about Taekwondo, the only thing I was focusing on was looking after my parents.
“This year they’re not here so I can’t focus on them anymore.
“Taekwondo is the focus now and it stops me sitting around and getting upset about things.
“I can’t do that because I’ve got the Olympics to go to.
“I’m good enough to win gold,” she added.
“But you never know what’s going to happen on the day.
“I know I can do it but I’m not going to put any extra pressure on myself.
“Let’s just get to the Olympics first and then I’ll do my best.”
Injury forced Stevenson to relinquish her European title earlier this year.
At those same European Championships the British team delivered a record-breaking display, winning seven medals including two in four of the Olympic weight divisions - meaning competition for places at London 2012 is intense.
The two men and two women chosen to represent Britain in Taekwondo will be announced on May 25.