Sport Matters by Paul Goodwin: Sarah’s a true winner

Sarah Stevenson.
Sarah Stevenson.

THERE was one thing that shocked me even more than Sarah Stevenson’s glaring and frankly insulting omission from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

And that was Sarah herself coming out and criticising the absence of women on the nominations list.

Sarah has always been one of Doncaster’s best sports stars, but she has remained one of the most shy and modest too.

But she had every right to question why she and fellow world champions Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne were ignored by those with the power to nominate.

“I think I and a lot of other world champion female athletes do deserve to be on it,” said Stevenson.

“I think it’s going to be difficult for me to get another chance because even if I won gold in 2012 there are going to be so many other people getting golds in higher profile sports, so it’s kind of a lost opportunity for me,”

If anybody deserved an opportunity to be nominated, it was Sarah.

Reading her comments about what she has been through over the last year sends a shiver down the spine.

It’s been a heartbraking few months for the Bentley girl - a knockout blow that would have the majority of people struggling to bounce back.

But Sarah is a true sporting champion - and she does not need an award to prove it.

A little recognition would have been nice, but I’m certain Sarah would rather win Olympic gold.

That’s what her parents wanted more than anything.