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Beth Tweddle

Often hailed as Great Britain's best ever gymnast, Beth Tweddle MBE's impressive achievements include being a triple world champion, Olympic bronze medalist, Commonwealth champion, six-times European Champion and seven-times consecutive national champion.

Beth Tweddle

Now retired, she was the first female British gymnast to win a European Championships medal and is the most decorated gymnast, male or female, ever to compete for Great Britain.

 

Early life

Born on 1st April 1985 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Beth moved to the UK at 18 months old when her parents, Jerry and Ann, relocated to Bunbury in Cheshire. She was seven when she took up gymnastics at Crewe and Nantwich Gymnastics Club.

Her natural flair for the sport led to her joining the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club in 1997, where she trained under Amanda Reddin.

 

Career

Beth's first major international competition was the 2001 World Championships in Belgium, where her prowess on the asymmetric bars earned her accolades. At the 2002 European Championships, Beth won a bronze medal, followed by gold at Manchester Games the same year for her performance on the uneven bars.

In 2003, she won a bronze medal at the Anaheim World Championships. The following year, she won silver on uneven bars at the Amsterdam European Championships. In 2005, she recovered from an injury setback to win bronze at the World Championships in Melbourne.

At the World Cup final in Brazil in 2006, she won a gold medal on uneven bars and silver on floors, followed by her seventh consecutive British Championship win in 2007. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Beth participated despite an injured ankle. She finished in fourth place and the British team finished ninth.

In 2009, she won double gold at the Milan European Championships. Her winning streak continued in 2010 with silver on uneven bars and gold on floors at the Paris World Cup and she was first at the British Championships on uneven bars.

At the World Cup in Qatar in 2012, Beth won gold medals, followed by gold at the British Championships in Liverpool. She retired from competitive events in August 2013 after the greatest career achievements of any British gymnast in history.

 

Other achievements

Beth came third in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2006. She also won the TV series, Dancing on Ice, partnering professional skater Daniel Whiston in 2013. She returned for the all-star line-up of the reality show in 2014, partnering professional skater Łukasz Różycki to finish in third place.

Beth Tweddle

Beth was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours in 2010 for her services to gymnastics. She began a gymnastics company - Total Gymnastics - with former Olympic swimmer Steve Parry to encourage young people to take up the sport in the UK. Sessions are held in schools, gymnastic clubs and leisure centres across the country.

Despite her retirement from the sport, Beth's legacy continues to inspire kids to take up gymnastics in a bid to become the Olympic stars of the future.

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