Champion gymnast at school

Selston High School achivement night: From left Head Girl, Charlotte Hodson, 15, Head Teacher Kevin Gaiderman, Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle and Head Boy Edward Carlton, 15
Selston High School achivement night: From left Head Girl, Charlotte Hodson, 15, Head Teacher Kevin Gaiderman, Olympic medal winner Beth Tweddle and Head Boy Edward Carlton, 15

The most successful British gymnast of all time, Beth Tweddle, made a guest appearance at a school’s achievement evening last week.

Olympic hero Beth handed the awards out at Selston High School’s achievement evening last Wednesday and spoke to pupils about achieving their dreams.

She spoke about her desire to achieve an Olympic medal last year following disappointment in Beijing and stressed the importance of believing in your dream regardless of setbacks.

Deputy headteacher Gill Haslam said Beth was an ‘inspiration’.

“It was a real privilege to have Beth Tweddle as the guest speaker. She related really well to the prize winners and was truly an inspiration to our students.”

Headteacher Kevin Gaiderman said she was a ‘perfect role model’.

“I’m sure she will inspire them all to an even greater success. She is a perfect role model for the students to aspire to,” he said.

Beth presented awards to students who had achieved in subjects across the curriculum both in key stage three and four and also to those who had shown great commitment and effort.

Following Beth’s presentation of subject prizes the evening ended with two special awards – chair of governors Betty Dixon for her outstanding contribution to the team of governors for 38 years, and Lauren Peart-Roddis won student of the year.

Beth is a three time world champion and was the first female gymnast from the UK to win an Olympic medal last year.