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Region's top Olympic gymnast fulfils wing-walk challenge

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle has fulfilled a long-held ambition of wing-walking. Credit: Tim Ireland, Press Association Images

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle, from Liverpool has finally fulfilled a long-held ambition of wing-walking.

In a daring challenge, the gymnast took to the skies with RFC Rendcomb Airfield in Gloucestershire, strapped in to a harness as a light aircraft soars to heights of around 1,000ft.

The 27-year-old who scooped the bronze at the London Games to become the most decorated gymnast said: "I loved every minute of it, so much so that I went up into the air twice.

"This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, but haven't been able to, so I was pleased to have the chance."

Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle says there are more challenges she wants to fulfil including skydiving. Credit: Tim Ireland, Press Association Images

She added: "I've got a snowboarding lesson next and I want to do a skydive next year. I have been training for my career ever since I was about seven, so this is a chance for me now to do something different."

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Tweddle speaks about her Olympic success in the Granada Reports studio

Beth Tweddle speaking to Granada Reports' presenter Tony Morris Credit: ITV Granada

Bunbury's Beth Tweddle has been in the Granada Reports studio, speaking about her Olympic success.

Beth won bronze on the uneven bars at the North Greenwich Arena.

The 27-year-old is Britain's most successful gymnast, with three world, six European, seven British and now an Olympic medal to her name.

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