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Sarah Stevenson Olympic hero's Doncaster honour

Sarah Stevenson
Image caption Sarah Stevenson said it was a "very emotional day"

Olympic taekwondo bronze medal winner Sarah Stevenson has been awarded the freedom of her home town of Doncaster.

Stevenson said it was a "very emotional day for me and my family".

She was presented with a hand-painted scroll at a special ceremony in the town's Mansion House.

Stevenson won Great Britain's first ever Olympic medal in the sport at the Beijing Games in 2008. She also went on to win the World Championship in the sport in 2011.

She retired after competing at the 2012 London Olympics where she was selected by her fellow athletes to read the athletes' oath at the opening ceremony.

'Doncaster knows me'

Stevenson was awarded an MBE in 2012.

"I've got an MBE from the Queen but the Queen doesn't know me," she said.

"Doncaster knows me and it feels so special."

Ms Stevenson said it was an emotional day as her parents, who both died of cancer in 2011, were not able to be at the ceremony.

She was the 12th Doncastrian to be made a freeman of the borough.

Other holders include Roy Clarke, who wrote BBC television comedies Last of the Summer Wine and Open All Hours, and opera singer Lesley Garrett.

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