Olympian Beth Tweddle sets up gymnastic academy in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 11:51 07 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:51 07 August 2013

Beth Tweddle with local children

Beth Tweddle with local children


Britain’s most successful gymnast announced her retirement in the borough’s newest school last week where she plans to set up a training academy.

Beth Tweddle with local childrenBeth Tweddle with local children

Olympian Beth Tweddle broke the news on the anniversary of her bronze medal success at London 2012 at Chobham Academy in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which opens this September.

Speaking to the press yesterday, Beth. 28, said: “Following the Olympics I’ve had a lot of projects on and recently I’ve had a bit more time to get back into the gym and decide whether I could put 100 per cent into it.

“I know now deep down that I can’t commit to the hours and training to remain at the very top.”

“I don’t think my achievements will ever really sink in but, when I do look back, I can be very proud of what I’ve done and how I’ve done it.”

But Beth hopes to fulfill the Games’ promise to “inspire a generation” in her own way by opening the Beth Tweddle Academy in the new school to train up young gymnastic hopefuls aged two-to-14-years old.

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