How DOES Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle wind down after the Games Answer: With a daring wingwalking routine'I wanted to do things I was never allowed to do when I was training,' gymnast saysNow Tweddle, 27, says she would like to mentor young gymnasts. 'I want all children to have the chance to try my sport,' she says
15:48 GMT, 28 August 2012
Olympic bronze medallist Beth Tweddle has swapped her high-flying bars routine for aerobatics wingwalking as she starts to enjoy the new-found freedom at the end of her gymnastics career.
The 27-year-old won her first Olympic medal at her third and final Games earlier this month in what could be her last major competition before her retirement.
Tweddle has not ruled out taking part in further events, but as her gymnastics career winds down, the Johannesburg-born athlete is ramping up the adrenaline in a variety of extreme sports.
Still flying high: Fresh from her Olympic success, bronze medallist Beth Tweddle wingwalked with the Breitling team at RFC Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire
Beth Tweddle: 'Im doing wingwalking, lots of different things that Ive not been able to do due to the risk of injury and just not wanting to worry.
Wingwalking, or being strapped to the
top wing of a vintage biplane, was today’s high-octane activity for the
three-time World Champion, but she revealed she has plenty more up her
'It was amazing. I’ve literally just got down. It was so surreal,' Tweddle said after he first trip up into the air.
'One minute I was sat on the floor then the next minute I was in mid-air. It was awesome.
'I’m doing wingwalking, lots of
different things that I’ve not been able to do due to the risk of injury
and just not wanting to worry.
'Now I can have a go at those sort of
things. I did a bit of abseiling the other day and did some ice skating
and I’ve got a snowboarding lesson next week so I’m trying lots of
different things. 'I’m hopefully going to do a sky dive early next year.
I just want to have a go at everything.'
Daring: Beth says she can't wait to try all the activities she was banned from during her Games preparations in case she got injured
More in store: Beth says her adrenaline-junkie moment is not over yet. 'I'm going to try it all,' she says
Tweddle is Britain’s most successful female gymnast with an international career that has spanned 14 years.
In that time she was won three World,
six European and seven British titles, with the uneven bars bronze won
at London 2012 completing her collection.
Tweddle is now set to return to her
home town of Bunbury, Cheshire, for a homecoming celebration this
weekend after enjoying a new-found fame following her Olympic success.
'The reaction has been amazing,' she said.
'My home village are doing me a
homecoming on Sunday. They have been like: `When’s Beth coming home We
want her to come home,’ so we managed to arrange the date.
'They’ve got all the local parish
councils to welcome me home. 'Everywhere I go I get recognised where
before it was just the occasional person would pick up on who I was.
Stuntwoman: Beth took to the skies on the wings of an old bi-plane
'Someone knitted me a doll of me and put a leotard on it and the bands I’d wear on my feet and put all of the detail on.
'I’ve had lots of nice presents from
my friends. My boyfriend has bought me a candle which is a Union Jack
and it’s got bronze medallist it written on it, and he’s got me some
jewellery, a bronze medal to keep round my neck so I don’t have to
actually have to wear the actual bronze medal all of the time.
'He also bought me a little podium to
put on my charm bracelet so I’ve got an Olympic bracelet that he’s done
for me. I’ve had lots of things.'
But despite taking time out to fulfil
her ambitions away from the gym, Tweddle says it will take time before
she is ready to stop training and call an end to her career.
'I went back in the gym on Monday
doing a bit of training to keep my body in shape but as for long term
plans I haven’t really thought of that,' Tweddle said.
'I’m going to carry on training into next year so there’s no rush for plans as technically my job is still to be a gymnast.
'I definitely want to stay involved
in gymnastics whether it’s mentoring or something else. I just want
every child to have the opportunity to have a go at gymnastics.
'Right now, I want to make the most of every opportunity while I can.'
Mentor: 'I definitely want to stay involved in gymnastics whether it’s mentoring or something else. I just want every child to have the opportunity to have a go at gymnastics,' says Beth