Olympic medalist raises the bar at academy visit

Britain’s most successful female gymnast, Beth Tweddle, paid an inspiring visit to King Edward VI Academy to deliver two unique masterclasses.

 The triple World Champion and three time Olympian guided students on how to improve their flexibility and technique on the floor. She also hosted a special motivational assembly discussing her career and the importance of having a dream.

Tweddle said: “Now I have retired from professional gymnastics, part of my focus is to try and get as many young people to realise that anyone can achieve their dream.

 “It doesn’t just have to be sporting dream. The concept is always the same. Hard work and determination is the key to success.”

 The Olympic star also took part in a question and answer session and had lunch with five lucky students.

 Bex Hezzell, a Year 7 student, said: “Meeting Beth has taught me that nothing is impossible and you can do anything if you put your mind to it. She has given me lots of helpful tips and advice and I definitely won’t forget meeting an Olympian!”

 Beth Tweddle added: “It has been a fantastic day at the academy and I have enjoyed meeting all the students. London 2012 created a legacy, and visits like this are all about building on that legacy and inspiring the next generation to work towards their own aspirations and dreams.”