GOLDEN girl Sarah Stevenson was deservedly crowned sports personality of the year at the 2012 Doncaster Sports Awards.
The judges at the annual Keepmoat Stadium awards ceremony were looking for a role model for younger athletes at the very top of his or her game.
And they are unlikely to find anyone more deserving of that accolade than 29-year-old taekwondo world champion Stevenson.
The Bentley fighter lost both of her parents to cancer last year but still managed to become a world champion for the third time by winning gold last May.
On a good night for local taekwondo, 11-year-old Connor Lill was named junior sports personality of the year after earning a call-up to the junior Great Britain squad.
Andy Crittenden’s Martial Arts Centre also won the amateur team of the year prize after their success at the World Championships.
Doncaster Rovers stalwart Mickey Walker was presented with the lifetime achievement award from former Rovers boss Dave Penney.
And it was a successful night for Bessacarr FC who were named amateur club of the year and saw treasurer Duncan Goodwin win the public vote to be crowned unsung hero.
The winners in full were:
Sports personality: Sarah Stevenson
Junior sports personality: Connor Lill (Taekwondo)
Lifetime achievement: Mickey Walker
Coach of the year: Bruce Bewley (Doncaster Athletic Club)
Sporting venue: Doncaster Gymnastics Club
Amateur club: Bessacarr FC
Outstanding sporting moment: Jamie McDonnell
Professional team: Doncaster Rovers youth team
Professional coach: Tony Miller
Sport business: Doncaster Rovers Education Foundation
Disabled sports personality: Gordon Laidlaw (cricket)
Unsung hero: Duncan Goodwin (Bessacarr FC treasurer)
Hope for the future: Aiden Davies (Doncaster Athletic Club)
Amateur team: Team ACMAC (Taekwondo)
For four pages of Sports Awards coverage see this week’s Doncaster Free Press and watch video highlights and interviews at www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk.