30 August 2016Beth helps extend Olympic fever at Wirral & Chester Taekwondo Academy
Gymnastics star Beth Tweddle helped extend the Olympic fever at Wirral & Chester Taekwondo Academy by trying her hand at the martial art.
The academy, based in Bromborough, welcomed the retired British bronze medallist during its ‘IAMTEAMGB’ open day on Saturday.
It follows the record-breaking success of the Team GB athletes, who came second in the medal table at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.
The 31-year-old, who trained with City of Liverpool Gymnastics club in Toxteth, said the event was about “bringing the Olympic message home”.
She said: “It’s important to create these opportunities, whether in school or in clubs – we need to send that team message and create the opportunities for people.”
Chief Instructor Master Richard Saunders said the ‘IAMTEAMGB’ open day, organised with the ‘JOIN IN’ team, was a huge success.
He said: “We are lucky to have a great family orientated club and this open day gave us the chance to invite people in to have a look around. There was a buzz around the place.
“We are honoured that Beth Tweddle MBE was able to attend and the open day went from strength to strength. She really did bring the Olympic message to The Academy, encouraging new comers.
“Beth was more than happy to get on the mats and join in the classes, demonstrating one of our Taekwondo tenets, Indomitable Spirit, following her emergency back surgery earlier this year.”
The sports hero was the first female gymnast from Great Britain to win a medal at the European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games.
Wirral & Chester Taekwondo Academy, based at Unit 7 in Grisedale Road, runs classes for children as young as two-years-old up to retirement and beyond.