Cheshire's own sporting legend Beth Tweddle has announced her retirement from gymnastics.

On the same day the Bunbury athlete tweeted ‘Cant believe it's 1 year since my Olympic dream!’, the most successful British woman ever to compete in gymnastics has confirmed her retirement from the sport.

On August 6 last year, Beth won Olympic bronze in the uneven bars.

She said today: “It's been a hard decision to make; gymnastics has been and always will be a massive part of my life.

“Following the Olympics I've had a lot of projects on and recently I've had a bit more time to get back into the gym and decide whether I could put 100% into it and I know now deep down I can't commit to the hours and training to remain at the very top.”

Beth has been world champion three times and is a six-time European champion and seven-time national champion.

Having already confirmed she would not be competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she has now announced she will not be taking part in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

 

Further recognition of her remarkable achievements came last November when she was named the Trinity Mirror/ScottishPower Champion of Champions at the annual Your Champions awards.

Earlier this year, she became the darling of prime time TV when she won the ITV show Dancing On Ice.

Beth added: “I don't think my achievements will ever really sink in but when I do look back I can be very proud of what I've done and how I've done it.”

She made her announcement today at Chobham Academy, a new school which opens next month in East Village, the new residential development on the site of the London 2012 Athletes' Village.

She announced the first athlete-led legacy programme on the London Olympic site, to be based at Chobham Academy and known as the Beth Tweddle Academy.

Beth said: “The London 2012 Olympics is where I achieved my life-long dream and now I hope I can inspire the next generation of youngsters by providing the opportunity for them to try gymnastics.

“The school opens this September and my academy will be starting in mid-October it will be open to anyone in the local area that wants to come along.

“I want to give every child an opportunity to try gymnastics. I had to try a lot of sports before I found gymnastics, this way children can have a go; they might love it, they might hate it, but at least we've given them the opportunity to try it.”

London 2012 chief and British Olympic Association chair Lord Sebastian Coe paid tribute to Beth, saying: “During a remarkable career that has seen her achieve unprecedented success at every level of competition, Beth Tweddle has set a new standard of excellence for British Gymnastics.

“She has been an inspiration and a role model for a generation.”