Stamper seeks double celebration

02 May 2012 / 15:28

Liverpool fan Martin Stamper is hoping to have double reason to celebrate this weekend when the Team GB taekwondo Olympic hopeful looks to become European champion in Manchester.

The 25-year-old Merseysider is in action on Sunday, where he will look to add to the bronze medal he won at the World Championships in Korea and stay in pole position for selection at the pre-nominated under-68kgs category.

Stamper - who was Team GB Taekwondo's Athlete of the Year for 2011 - feels everything is set for a memorable weekend, with the Reds in action against Chelsea in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

"Usually the day before a competition I will watch a few of the fights at the venue, do some training and then go back to the hotel quite early just to chill out - so hopefully the match will go well and I can relax a bit, focus on the next day," Stamper told Press Association Sport ahead of the European Championships.

"Preparation has been really good, I am feeling fit and strong, so it is now just about sharpening a few things ahead of the Europeans. I feel I have got the talent to do it, and if I can perform on the day, then I feel I am capable of getting a medal."

By his own admission, 2012 has so far not seen the best of Stamper, who was hampered by a groin injury and did not produce his best at the German and Dutch Opens.

However, with the opportunity of a shot at Olympic glory now very much in his sights, Stamper believes it is the little things which can make the biggest difference on the road to London this summer.

"I have not had the best results at my two major competitions this year, but I am hoping to have my form again coming into the Europeans," he said.

"I have been through those fights again with my coaches and taken some positives. I am working on anything extra I can to improve me for the Europeans and then on to the Olympics. I have my game, which has done so well in the past, now it is just the little tweaks that I need to work on.

"We have looked at everything we can to make sure I am in peak performance for the Euros."