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Beth Tweddle MBE

Britain's Greatest ever Female Gymnast


6 October 2016Ingham Primary School " Bronze Gymnastics Programme

The morning was split into three different assemblies dependent on age group.

The first session of the day was with the wonderful Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes that sat patiently waiting for Beth to join them in their classroom. The assembly began with a short video clip of Beth’s fantastic career to date. The background music was a particular favourite with the children; many pulled out their best dance moves while watching the footage! Following the video, Beth delivered an interactive presentation highlighting certain elements of her career such as achieving her dream of an Olympic medal, why lots of people get involved with gymnastics and other sports and important issues such as nutrition. Beth continually questioned the children throughout to make the presentation as interactive as possible. One question from Beth included; “Why do you think you should do gymnastics?” to which the answer came back from Year 3&4, “So you don’t become a couch potato!”

Each class demonstrated a real hunger to learn and had a huge array of questions for the three-time World Champion.

One up and coming gymnast was a little disgruntled when she asked how many leotards Beth owned; “400” was the reply!“Well, that’s not fair, I only have one” said Mr Clark’s tutee!

Beth stressed the importance of having a dream to all the students and she was amazed at the variety of dreams that there were in the room…

“A secret agent”

“An actor”

“An Olympic Badminton Player”

The students were able to see that dreams do become reality as they passed Beth’s Olympic bronze medal around the room. This was not without hard work and certainly not without mistakes. Beth ensured it was clear to everyone that challenges and weaknesses are normal and they can be overcome.

During the afternoon, Ingham gymnasts that have shown a strong commitment to school gymnastics were lucky enough to join Beth in the hall for masterclass sessions and to gain some top tips to take away with them. Following an exciting warm up, the first group rotated around the hall with each gymnast receiving some valued one on one time with Beth. I think the beaming smiles on each face demonstrated the enjoyment of all involved!

The second session was a much smaller group that have shown high levels of talent in their gymnastics. Beth worked with them on different elements to present to the school later in the day as well as to parents!

The day was hugely successful which will not only inspire future gymnasts but we are sure will inspire many children to pursue their own dreams in the future!

Thank you once again to the staff, students and parents of Ingham for making Beth and the Mintridge team feel so welcome and for your hospitality (…and delicious lunch), we love coming to your school!

If you would like to see the video footage from our fantastic day, visit our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwHUkv1HNmU

If you would like to see our album of photos, please visit our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/691839190961479/photos/?tab=album&album_id=991681267643935

The Gainsborough Standard have written a great article which can be viewed here:http://www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk/news/video-olympic-gymnast-beth-tweddle-visited-ingham-primary-school-to-give-a-special-masterclass-1-8162794

The Lincolnite’s article can be found here: http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2016/10/olympic-gymnast-beth-tweedle-wows-pupils-visit-lincoln-school/

Source: http://mintridge-events.co.uk/ingham-primary-school-beth-tweddle-mbe-bronze-gymnastics-programme/