20 June 2015Beth joins gymnastics group celebration
Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle was the star guest at a party celebrating the 25th anniversary of a children's gymnastics group.
Tweddle, who won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Games, signed autographs and posed with fans at the event at Harpsden village hall on Sunday (14), which was held by Springbox gymastics club.
Hundreds of people attended the event, where children from the group put on seven routines to songs from musicals including Grease and Mary Poppins.
There was also a barbecue and games, as well as a bouncy castle for the children.
Springbox was founded in 1990 by Caroline Sweetman and holds seven classes a week at Henley Leisure Centre.
Mrs Sweetman said: "I started the club for my children as an activity we could do together. It's been really nice and my grandchildren are starting to come too now.
"We have 180 children from pre-school age to 16 and they are all precious to us. Because we love gymnastics it encourages all the children too.
"We invited Beth along because it's our 25th anniversary we thought we'd do something special for the children and give them inspiration for the future."
Tweddle said: "It's an amazing achievement, Caroline had a vision to set up this gym club for local children and you can see how big it's become. You can see the enthusiasm from the kids, it's great.
"If you don't have grass roots sport you will never have the elite, it's so important. As long as children are getting involved in sport it's good. They might like it or they might hate it but at least they have tried it.
"I wanted them to see that I'm just an everyday person who entered the gym as a seven year old and loves her sport. You can see the smiles on the children's faces and hopefully they can achieve their dreams in the future."