We stick on the kettle for a catch up with Olympic athlete Beth Tweddle to talk about her charity work and bucket list

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Beth Tweedle steps out to watch Cirque Du Soleil in 2014 ©PA

Beth Tweedle steps out to watch Cirque Du Soleil in 2014 ©PA

Beth Tweddle was the first British female to bag a medal at the European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games. She retired from her career as a professional gymnast in August 2013.

How do you like your tea?

I actually don’t like tea or coffee. Could I have something else instead?

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea, er, drink with?

As I’m away so much, I’d like to sit for a day and spend time with my family and friends.

Tell us about the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge…

Anyone can sign up to do a sponsored outdoor challenge of their choosing, and the winner (by a public vote) gets an extra £10,000 for their chosen charity and gets to join me on a daring adventure.

It doesn’t have to be something extreme, it’s about what’s a challenge for you as an individual.

What challenge is at the top of your bucket list?

Ooh, tricky, I love challenges. While I was training, I couldn’t fit them into my schedule and my coach would have killed me if I told her I was jumping out of a plane! But I’d love to give the reverse bungee a go.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Probably the London 2012 Olympics [Beth won a bronze medal in the uneven bars section of the gymnastics].

A lot of people had followed my career since I was a teenager, so they were all willing me on and it really was a great feeling. I’d also say overcoming injuries.

Some people might have given up, but I have a lot of focus, it’s never stopped me.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Whatever you do, enjoy it. In any part of your life, you need passion and drive to succeed.

For more information on the Mountain Warehouse charity challenge and to enter, visit mountainwarehouse.com/charity

Beth Tweddle at Sports Personality Of The Year Awards 2014

Gymnast Beth Tweddle won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games ©PA