Bend it like Beth!

Beth Tweddle visited Wath St Pius School where she gave coaching lessons to pupils like Kira Haughian (pictured).
Beth Tweddle visited Wath St Pius School where she gave coaching lessons to pupils like Kira Haughian (pictured).

PUPILS were taught to bend it like Beth, when a three-times world champion gymnast took charge of classes for a few hours at Wath.

Beth Tweddle was at St Pius X High School to inspire and enthuse youngsters – which she did, with sports hall coaching sessions and discussion groups.

The super-supple star responded to a special invitation from the Rawmarsh School Sports Partnership, that seeks to involve all children in community sport.

She found the time within her strict training regime for the British Championships that will take place in her home town of Liverpool in July - and was welcomed warmly to Rotherham.

First primary, then secondary pupils with a particular interest in gymnastics, enjoyed morning sessions under Beth’s watchful eye, with demonstrations and tutoring.

But that was only after she headed the morning assembly with her own presentation and motivational speech.

Peter Scantlebury, the special projects manager for RSSP said: “We were thrilled that Beth agreed to come along as part of our work to promote Olympic and Paralympic values.

“Everyone had a wonderful time.”

Beth Tweddle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Britain with her family when just a toddler.

Her success has come through hard work and dedication to the sport she first took up at the age of seven.

From 1994 she was a member of the British Junior National Team, then she went on to become a seven-times British Champion and three-times World Champion, representing Britain many times across six continents.

Beth said after the visit that she relished the opportunity to get out to schools as a sports ambassador.

She said: “Today went really well – the kids all finished with big smiles on their faces so I take that as a good sign.

“It’s massively important to get kids inspired in sport - there are so many opportunities to progress, along with the health and fun aspects.

“Now I’m in a position where I can take a leading role, and if by coming here today I have inspired just one youngster to do more or try harder, then I feel I have done my job.”

Beth signed pictures before being waved away from the school by her new army of fans.