VIDEO - Club welcomes Olympic star for master class

Young gymnasts in Sleaford received a master class in their sport when Olympic medalist Beth Tweedle visited their club last week.

Young gymnasts in Sleaford received a master class in their sport when Olympic medalist Beth Tweedle visited their club last week.

Beth Tweddle with members of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.

Beth Tweddle with members of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.

The triple world champion joined Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club, in Sellwood Court, on Wednesday to help inspire the next generation of gymnasts.

Beth, Britain’s most successful female gymnast, watched routines, offered advice to the youngsters, answered questions about her career, and even gave a demonstration on the bar.

She also posed for photographs and signed autographs - including on some of the gym’s equipment.

On her reasons for the visit, Beth said: “I was in their position, sort of, 20-odd years ago and I had an aspiration to be an elite gymnast and it’s just explaining to them that their dreams can come true. It obviously takes a lot of hard work and effort, but if they have got that dream then they can work towards it.”

They are very keen, they are very enthusiastic and I have been really impressed with their work ethic

Beth Tweddle

The visit came about thanks to a shared acquaintance between the club’s head coach Patsy Shields and Beth’s coach.

Mrs Shields said the hope was to inspire members of the club amid the challenges it faces, particularly in terms of funding for new equipment.

She said: “It’s been an absolute honour to have her here.”

Member Amber Swann, 13, from Heckington, said it was ‘amazing’ to meet Beth.

Beth Tweddle with Rachel Shields of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.

Beth Tweddle with Rachel Shields of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.

“I have dreamed of meeting her for ages,” she said.

Fellow member Hannah Pointon, 12, from Ruskington, said: “She gave me inspiration.”

Beth also had high praise for the children, saying: “They are very keen, they are very enthusiastic and I have been really impressed with their work ethic.”

Beth Tweedle with Patsy Shields, of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.

Beth Tweedle with Patsy Shields, of Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club.