Olympian inspires town’s gymnasts

Olympics bronze medallist gymnast Beth Tweddle visited the Gym Mania gymnastics club in Fleetwood before helping to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations.'Beth shows gym members her medal.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-8-2012
Olympics bronze medallist gymnast Beth Tweddle visited the Gym Mania gymnastics club in Fleetwood before helping to switch on the Blackpool Illuminations.'Beth shows gym members her medal. PIC BY ROB LOCK'31-8-2012

OLYMPIC heroine Beth Tweddle went back to her roots when she visited young gymnasts at Fleetwood’s Gym Mania club.

Beth, 24, captured bronze in the uneven bars at the Olympic Games and was part of a five-strong medal winners’ group which switched on Blackpool Illuminations.

But before that she took time out to go back to the same kind of recreational gym where she started out.

She watched a demonstration by the Gym Mania team and thrilled the crowd when she produced her bronze medal.

She said: “Since I won the medal I have had a lot more attention. Everybody wants to know about me

“Everyone has to start somewhere and places like this club are ideal.

“It has to be fun and if the kids don’t enjoy it they won’t put their hearts into it.

The main thing is that they enjoy it.”

“I was seven when I started.

“I think I was a natural daredevil. I didn’t have any fear.

“That’s why we try to catch children at an early age.

“They have no fear and if they fall they will just get up and have another go.”

Gym Mania coach Sarah Oxley added: “I am sure Beth has been be an inspiration to the children.

“To take time out to come to a recreational gym like ours is tremendous.

“Gym Mania is a gym for all abilities with the emphasis on fun and fitness.

“When I heard Beth Tweddle would be six miles away I rang the British Gymnastics Association.

“They said it might be difficult with press commitments but I pleaded with them and they said yes.”