Beth Tweddle's engagement is "lovely way" to finish off bad year

Beth Tweddle Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Cheshire's Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is to marry her boyfriend.

The 31-year-old, who is hailed as one of Britain's most successful gymnasts, said her engagement to Andy Allen is a nice end to a traumatic year after she suffered a horrifying crash on TV show The Jump.

The bronze medallist from Bunbury had to undergo spinal surgery after she crashed into a barrier when landing from a jump on the Channel 4 winter sports show in February.

She told Hello! magazine how Allen got down on one knee and presented her with a diamond solitaire in a national park in Brazil where she was commentating on the Rio Olympics.

"I was totally shocked! I knew he was the one for me, but I had absolutely no inkling of what he was planning to do, or that he'd been brought a diamond ring with him to Rio. It was a moment I will never forget. I am so excited about the future."

Beth Tweddle

"At first I wasn't sure it was something I should do. But it had been a really bad year and I thought it would be a lovely way to finish it off."

Andy Allen

Tweddle, who was a member of the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club, has retired from gymnastics and said she still finds it hard to talk about her skiing accident.

Her new fiance, however, has been instrumental in helping nurse her back to health.