THE motto of the London 2012 Olympics is “inspire a generation”.
And Sarah Stevenson certainly has the ability to do exactly that.
A beacon of sporting success in Doncaster, Stevenson is also a shining example to the town’s massive martial arts community.
And there are plenty of budding future Olympians in Doncaster aiming to follow in the footsteps of the Bentley superstar.
British junior champion Niall Gibson, of Bessacarr, is targetting the 2016 Olympics in Rio after featuring at the Junior European Taekwondo Championships earlier this year.
Great Britain youngster Connor Lill, named junior sports personality of the year at this year’s Doncaster Sports Awards, has been tipped for a bright future in the sport.
While eight members of Andy Crittenden’s Martial Arts Centre (ACMAC) recently returned from the World Kickboxing Council (WKC) British Open with medals.
Suneil Singh, Holly Winder, David Colley, Hayden Lindley, Jessica Corish, Stuart Wade and eight-year-old Shea Hughes all won national titles, while Aidan Hughes collected a silver medal.
Aidan Hughes and Joe Sutherland, who won yet another gold medal at the WKC event in Manchester in June, are off to the World Junior Kickboxing Championships in Canada in October.
They will joined at the prestigious event by ACMAC pair David Colley and Hayden Lindley.
Youngsters Sophie Hawkins and Lauran Renwick (pictured) of East-West MMA in Armthorpe, meanwhile, have qualified for the IFKA World Championships in Holland.
No doubt Doncaster’s up-and-coming martial arts girls and boys will all be watching on Friday.
No doubt either they will all be inspired by what they see.