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Posted 10.07.20 in News

WGC2022 Ambassador Beth Tweddle MBE named as Liverpool's First Batonbearer for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay¬¬

Today (Monday 18 July), Liverpool was thrilled to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay to the city, bringing  together sports stars and local community champions to play their part in the exciting build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which starts with the Opening Ceremony in just ten days-time on the 28 July.

Getting the Relay underway, was Britain’s greatest ever female Gymnast and WGC2022 ambassador, Beth Tweddle MBE, proudly carrying the Baton between Liverpool’s Pier Head and Albert Dock. The former Olympic gymnast and three times world champion, was Commonwealth champion 20 years ago, the last time the Games were held in England back in 2002.

Beth now dedicates her time to ensuring thousands of children have access to sport and specialist coaching in schools. The Liverpool hero is a strong advocate for sport and activity especially in children and young adults.

Supporting Beth along the waterfront were keen young gymnasts from The City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club. Training in Liverpool for her whole gymnastics career, it was a special moment for Beth, as those hoping to follow in her footsteps cheered her on as she held the baton high.

Beth Tweddle MBE, said: “When I was told I had been nominated to be part of the Queen’s Baton Relay I was over the moon!

“As a former competitor in the Games, it’s a huge honour to be a Commonwealth Batonbearer and it makes it even more special that it comes in the year Liverpool is hosting the World Gymnastics Championships 2022, which I’m a proud ambassador for.

“I’m delighted to be part of any event that raises the profile of sport and hope my story inspires future generations, creating a real legacy through sports participation and having a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.”   

The highly anticipated year for gymnastics continues with the men’s and women’s artistic competitions at Birmingham 2022 from 29 July - 2 August, with gymnasts from all the home nations vying for medals. To learn more about Birmingham Commonwealth Games schedule click here.

The excitement surrounding the Queen’s Baton Relay travelling through Liverpool today gives an early taste of what’s to come in October, when the city will welcome the world’s best gymnasts to compete in the World Championships Liverpool 2022 at the M&S Bank Arena.

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