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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Club is hoping for Beth visit

OLYMPIC medallist Beth Tweddle is being lined up to visit a fledgling gymnastics club.

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INSPIRATION: Beth Tweddle competing at the Olympics on the uneven bars and inset, Millom Recreation Centre where the gymnastics club is based

Children from the Millom Recreation Centre’s Gymnastics Club have been leaping for joy after Miss Tweddle took to social networking website Twitter to wish the club luck, after its launch a fortnight ago.

And after re-tweeting a message about the Millom club, Miss Tweddle has been in touch with the club’s organisers about visiting the Lancashire Road venue.

Tracy Kirk, co-manager of the recreation centre and gymnastics coach, said: “One of our members sent her a message on Twitter just to ask if she could wish the recreation centre good luck with starting up the gymnastics club.

“She re-tweeted the message so I got in touch with her asking if there was any chance that she would be interested in coming to officially open the club.

“I got a reply from her representatives giving me her email address and asking me to get in touch.

“I sent her some details about us – how many children we’ve got and how brilliant it would be if she could come.

“I haven’t heard back from her yet but apparently she’s been to Kendal and Blackpool so you never know.”

All of the club’s 120 youngsters, as well as the staff, have got their fingers and toes crossed that Miss Tweddle, who won Olympic bronze on the uneven bars this summer, will pay a visit to South Copeland.

Mrs Kirk said: “She asked for further details, which we’ve sent, and that’s as far as it’s got at this stage.

“It would be amazing for the children for someone like her to come down to the club.

“A lot of them have probably been inspired by the Olympics this year and will have watched her on TV.

“A lot of the members have seen the news on our Facebook page and everyone is really excited.

“We’ve all just got out fingers crossed that she comes.

“Even just for her to take the time out to wish us good luck was amazing.”

Miss Tweddle’s representatives confirmed her contact with the club but said the much decorated star was on currently holiday and any details of a visit had yet to be confirmed.

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