8 December 2011 Last updated at 10:29

Sarah Stevenson dedicates success to female world champions

Beijing Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Sarah Stevenson  says she was "shocked" to win the Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year Award.

The 28-year-old fighter from Doncaster took four months away from the sport at the beginning of the year to care for her terminally ill parents , but returned for the World Championships in South Korea in May - where she claimed an emotional gold medal .

BBC Sport's Nick Hope  spoke to Stevenson after the fighter saw off the challenge of jockey Hayley Turner, 800m freestyle world champion Rebecca Adlington  and Open Water World Champion Keri-Anne Payne  .