2 May 2013Talent identification and master-classes with Beth Tweddle
A talent identification session, run by the Welsh Gymnastics performance and excellence team, saw 70 girls aged 5-7 from around Wales put through a series of exercises aimed to identify intrinsic talent for gymnastics.
Welsh talent development coach Olivia Bryl explained that the talent identification class was an exciting opportunity to spot fresh talent,
“It’s always exciting to spot fresh talent and give children the opportunity to grow within the sport,” said Olivia, “It was an exciting opportunity for these young girls to come and work with Welsh gymnastics coaches and meet gymnastics idol Beth Tweddle. Hopefully it will motivate those to take up the sport and achieve what she has.”
Following on from the talent identification class, were two invitational master-classes for 6 to 11 year-old gymnasts who already represent Wales, their region and clubs.
Those who had been invited down to the national gymnastics centre in Cardiff for the master-classes were given the opportunity to spend time with Beth, inspiring them to keep up their training and perfect their gymnastics skills with Welsh coach Tracey Skirton-Davies.
The girls were able to see Beth’s bronze medal, ask questions about her gymnastics career and have a photo with the ‘Dancing on Ice’ winner.
10-year-old Paige Thomas, who is a Welsh squad and Neath Afan Gymnastics Club member said, “It’s been really, really good to meet Beth because she is one of my idols, [inspiring me] to get to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and win something.”
Sport Wales announced on the 12th February 2013 that a number of sports in Wales have witnessed major increases in participation numbers, six months on from London 2012.
Welsh Gymnastics saw their participation numbers increase by 25%, from 9,219 to 11,521 in 2012 and hold the largest female membership of any Welsh Sport.