Olympic Gymnast Beth Tweddle Joins Bede's Olympic Day Celebrations
On Monday 22 June, Bede's welcomed one of Britain's most successful gymnasts, Beth Tweddle MBE, to join pupils and staff as part of our celebrations of Olympic Day.
This annual, worldwide celebration of the Olympic Movement emphasises the Olympic and Paralympic values of respect, excellence, taking part and friendship, including how, through sport, we can understand each other despite any differences.
Beth, who is an incredible ambassador for these ideals, won World and European Championship and Commonwealth Gold Medals, as well as Bronze at the London Olympics and watched on as nearly 800 pupils from Bede's Senior School, Bede's Prep School and local primary school Park Mead joined together for an Olympic Run despite some challenging weather conditions.
Before officially starting the race, Beth spoke to the pupils about her love of gymnastics, which she began aged seven, and her dream of becoming an Olympic medallist - a dream which was realised in 2012.
Bede's Director of Sport, Andrew Hibbert said "This was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate everything good about sport. The Olympic Day Run takes place in almost 200 countries and it's a real privilege for Bede's to host one of these races."
Commenting on the day Beth Tweddle said, "It was wonderful to see so much enthusiasm from staff and pupils. The Olympics means a lot to me so it's great to see Bede's supporting it in this way."
Bede's Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney added, "We are delighted and privileged to have an athlete of Beth's calibre come along to inspire the boys and girls of Bede's Prep and Senior Schools and Park Mead Primary School. Who knows, there may be a future Olympian amongst them."