On 29 April, Beth Tweddle MBE, Britain’s greatest ever female gymnast, took on the almighty challenge of training the Cirencester based Steppes Travel Team on how to master the perfect cartwheel, which has become a signature of Steppes Travel to symbolise the fun in travel and exploring beyond the ordinary.
The team regularly travel to the four corners of the world and have performed cartwheels – of varying standards – in all sorts of weird and wonderful places.
Beth is pictured at Esprit Gym in Swindon with Steppes staff by Richard Wintle of Calyx See her perfect handstand below
This year marks Steppes Travel’s 25th Anniversary, and as part of their celebrations they are launching a wider cartwheeling campaign. Beth’s light-hearted masterclass launched Steppes Travel’s ‘Cartwheel the World’ competition whereby travellers are invited to send in their ‘Cartwheel the World’ clips following their travels.
The best clip will be rewarded with a three night stay at the charming 7-suite boutique hotel Citta dei Nicliani in Greece, with flights and car hire included.
Beth Tweddle commented: ‘It’s fantastic to be supporting such a wonderful initiative which is so close to my heart and I hope today has encouraged the Steppes team to continue their gymnastic flair. Even if they haven’t all quite mastered an Olympic cartwheel, the team are full of energy and enthusiasm and I’m looking forward to seeing them perform their cartwheels in the many far-flung destinations they will be travelling to this year.
"South Africa is my birth home and later this year I will be cartwheeling my way through Cape Town and along the Garden Route which I am greatly looking forward to revisiting."
As a long serving representative of British gymnastics, Beth’s impressive achievements include being an Olympic Bronze Medalist, a triple World Champion, a six-time European Champion, a Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion.
In 2010 she received an MBE for her success, commitment and dedication to her sport
Justin Wateridge, Managing Director at Steppes Travel, and cartwheeling enthusiast who has performed in some of the most remote places in the world, including Machu Picchu, and the Arctic, commented: "We are hugely grateful to Beth Tweddle for taking the time to come and train us today. Our first cartwheeling montage caused much hilarity amongst its recipients last year so we’re now on the quest for a perfect 10!
"Travel is all about fun and we’re here to encourage people to embrace travel no matter where they may go, and the fun and hilarity of an untrained cartwheel can only enhance the experience."