On April Fool’s Day 1985, Elizabeth Kimberley Tweddle made an early entrance into this world. Weighing in at under 5 lbs, no one could have predicted then how successful Beth would become in such an athletic sport.
The first 18 months of Beth’s life were spent in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the family were living temporarily due to her Gerry, her Dad’s work. Anne, Gerry and their two children Beth and older brother James, returned to the UK when Beth was a toddler.
When she was 7 an energetic Beth was entered into a gymnastics programme at their local club, Crewe and Nantwhich. At first gymnastics was just a fun past time for Beth but her coaches, Charlie Oaks and Fergus Beedham, soon recognised potential in Beth and she began training more seriously. Between 1994 & 1996 Beth was a member of the British junior national team and in 1997 she competed in her first British Espoir Championships. Shortly after she moved to City of Liverpool Gymnastics club where she remains today. Beth is coached by 1984 Olympic gymnast Amanda Kirby (nee Harrison) and together the pair have achieved phenomenal results.
Beth has represented Great Britain on numerous occasions and is the most successful gymnast ever from Great Britain. She has been European and World Champion on her best event, the asymmetric bars, and has broken many records. She was an Olympian in 2004 and has her sights set firmly on Beijing 2008. In 2009 London will host the World Championships, which Beth has expressed an interest in. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in June 2007 with a 2:1 in Sports Science and is currently balancing training and studying sports massage at college.