Patrons

Beth Tweddle

Beth Tweddle was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1985 and moved to England with her family when she was 18 months old.

She was raised in Bunbury, Cheshire and attended the prestigious Queens School in Chester.

She began competing in gymnastics at the age of seven at a local club, and was named to the British junior national team in 1994.

In 1997, she moved to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, where she still trains alongside other British gymnasts, such as Hannah Whelan.

She won the British senior National Championships for the first time in 2001 and was a member of the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club team, which has won the British Team Championships five times.

She is the 2009 World Champion on the floor and was the 2006 World Champion and European Champion on the uneven bars. Tweddle was the first gymnast from Britain ever to win a medal at the World and European Championships, and is considered to be the most successful British gymnast of all time.

She is also a seven-time British National Champion, having won the title every consecutive year between 2001 and 2007.

Steve Parry

Steve is a former British middle-distance swimmer. He competed internationally in 100- metre and 200-metre butterfly distances.He was born in Liverpool in 1977 and as a boy attended Booker Avenue Junior School and the Liverpool Blue Coat School in Wavertree.

He first joined a swimming club in Woolton, and then went on to swim for the Liverpool Penguins and City of Liverpool clubs.

He started training seriously when he was twelve years of age, but also enjoyed playing cricket and basketball for his school teams.

Training became more intense when he was sixteen, and he decided he wanted to take part in the Junior European Championships.

The following year, aged 17, he won the competition for Great Britain.Aged eighteen, Parry left the UK to attend Florida State University, studying marketing and finance alongside his swimming. He excelled during his time in the United States, winning the NCAA title in the 200m butterfly.

After returning to Britain and joining Stockport Metro, he set a Commonwealth record at the 2000 US Nationals in Seattle, beating, among others, a very young Michael Phelps. Later that year he qualified for his first Olympic Games in Sydney.

Four years later in Athens, Greece, Parry won Britain’s first Olympic swimming medal in eight years at the Athens Summer Olympics in 200-metres butterfly, being beaten by Michael Phelps and Takashi Yamamoto. Phelps had beaten him into 4th place at Sydney four years earlier.

He retired from competitive swimming in 2005 and joined up with former training partner Adrian Turner to create a swimming training program for young people called Total Swimming.

He briefly hosted his own Sunday afternoon programme on BBC Radio Merseyside before joining BBC Sport as part of their team covering the swimming at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.