27 December 2012Olympian Beth Tweddle inspires Gumley House
The London 2012 bronze medallist visited the school on Thursday, December 20 to encourage students who have an interest in gymnastics, cheerleading or athletics and gave them an insight into the coaching techniques used in professional sports.
After a gym workshop, which involved groups of gymnasts and cheerleaders, from years seven to 11, displaying their impressive skills, Ms Tweddle told the pupils about her achievements and the perseverance needed to compete at an international level.
The gymnast, also an anti-doping ambassador for GlaxoSmithKline, gave an insight into the issues and challenges she has experienced during her career, including the problem of drugs in sports today.
Helen Warden, head of PE at the school, said: “Beth’s visit was a real success – we were struggling to get the students back into lessons.”
Loredana Roberts, director of specialism at Gumley, said that visits by athletes are vital to the development of students who are keen to progress in sports.
She said: “It’s important for them to be able to hear from a female role model about how she has been able to transform into a world class, Olympic champion.”