STELLA Whitehead will be flying the flag for Doncaster at the European Championships which get underway in Manchester today.
World champion Sarah Stevenson is absent from the tournament (May 3-6) as she continues her rehabilitation from knee surgery.
But the town will be represented by Scorpion Taekwondo’s Whitehead.
The 21-year-old contested the 2010 Euros in St Petersburg and reached the quarter-finals.
“Sarah is amazing,” said Whitehead.
“Hopefully, one day I can achieve some of the things she has.”
“I have got more experience than I had at the last Europeans.
“I still got to the quarters and now I am a bit older so hopefully I can go further.
“If I perform well I am capable of getting a medal, hopefully gold.”
Whitehead missed out on podium places at the recent German and Dutch Opens.
However, it took a world champion in Hamburg and the eventual gold medallist in Eindhoven to end her quest for a medal.
She will compete in the -73kg weight division at the Regional Arena.
n Tickets are still available for the 2012 European Championships at Sportcity, Manchester.
They are priced at £11 adults, £6 children (under 16) or £28 for a family ticket (2 adults and 2 children).
They can be booked via 0844 844 0444 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.co.uk.