Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle unveils school’s new chapter

Beth Tweddle on her visit to Gartree EMN-140906-144440001
Beth Tweddle on her visit to Gartree EMN-140906-144440001

Britain’s most iconic figurehead in the history of gymnastics has helped to unveil a new chapter for Gartree Community School.

The Tattershall secondary school last week welcomed Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle MBE, who revealed the school’s exciting new name and logo for the first time.

The school will be re-named the Barnes Wallis Academy, which will come into effect from September, becoming part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET).

A woman who needs no introduction, the amazing 29-year-old won an Olympic medal on her home soil during London 2012, has attended two other Olympics games and is also a triple world champion.

And her impressive credentials don’t end there, she has also won television’s Dancing on Ice in 2013 and following her retirement, still has a strong influence with today’s rising gymnasts, who she hopes can carry on her crusade to improve British gymnastics.

Being named as Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast, Beth talked to students at the school and gave them an insight into how her gymnastic dream began, her goals and aspirations, why they should never give up on their one dream and how the school’s new resources could help that dream move forward.

Speaking to the Horncastle News, Beth said: “I have had a brilliant time with pupils at the school and it is fantastic to see how enthusiastic the children are and it was great to see the re-branding too.

“Academies were not an option when I was at school, but I think the idea of academies is great as it provides a wide range of different opportunities for kids and gives them a variety of new activities that they might not have had before.”

Speaking about Beth’s visit, Headteacher Paul McCloud added: “We are absolutely delighted to have Beth visit our school to unveil the new re-branding.

“She is definitely the most famous person we have ever had here and it is great for our students to have this opportunity to meet her and shows them that they can also achieve what they want to achieve, just like Beth did.”

Offering advice to anyone wanting to get into gymnastics, Beth said: “For anyone who might like to get into gymnastics or sport in general, I would just say go along to a class or a club, have ago and take a friend.

“It needs to be something you really enjoy, for me I didn’t like gymnastics at first, but once I started competing I loved it and if you enjoy something, you want to give it 100 percent.

“Luckily for me I really enjoyed school and gymnastics and received great support from my teachers, it was hard fitting everything in, but I wanted to achieve my best.

“I started late with gymnastics, I was 16 before I went to my first major championships and didn’t get my first medal win until the age of 21, but I’m living proof that you can come through a sport late, but still achieve great things later in life.”