A VISIT from Great Britain’s gymnastic legend Beth Tweddle proved an inspiration for the emerging female talent at South Essex Gymnastics Club.
The retired Olympic bronze medalist and triple World, six-time European and a Commonwealth champion visited the gym in Basildon to meet gymnasts and staff in January.
It came about because Beth, 29, was visiting the area and accepted an invitation to visit from her friend Scott Hann, the director of coaching at SEGC.
Hann told southessexgym.co.uk: “She was visiting so I asked if she would like to pop in and say hello and she was happy to.
“She spent time with a lot of the girls here, posed for photographs with them and offered some advice on how to get the most out of gymnastics.
“Beth is such an inspiration in this country, and not just in terms of gymnastics, so it was really great to see her here.
“This girls listened to what she had to say about the technical side of performing, which was a real insight, but also took on board what it takes to compete at the very top level.
“Beth is a big fan of our own Max Whitlock and is impressed with the success we continue to have here at South Essex.
“Max was actually on a visit in the north of the country so he missed her but it was good to have another superstar here for the day.”