GYMNASTICS: BETH TWEDDLE, a schoolgirl who lives in Cheshire but trains at the Liverpool Centre in Steble Street, has become the first British female ever to win a medal in the World Gymnastics Championship.
Although handicapped by a slight injury that forced her to concentrate on her favourite event, the asymmetric bars, Beth claimed the bronze medal at the world championships that have just ended in the Californian town of Anaheim.
"I feel very happy," she said. "All the hard work in the gym has finally paid off.
"I had a great support before and during the competition, especially from my coach Amanda Kirby."
Twice British all-round champion and winner of three gold medals at last summer's Commonwealth Games, Beth managed to complete a notable Liverpool double.
The only British man ever to win a medal at the world championships is Neil Thomas, and of course, he was also based at the Steble Street headquarters.
Beth's performance has also helped Britain to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Greece.
A second girl from the Liverpool centre, Melania Roberts from Wales, was first reserve for the British team at Anaheim, but did not actually compete.
Even so it has been another brilliant year for the centre who, despite a number of injuries, have also managed to retain their British team title, with Beth Tweddle again Britain's overall champion. Emma Smith from Widnes and Kim Lyon have also claimed junior titles.