The Sports Panel
May 14 at 7:30 pm£10
Britain’s greatest-ever female gymnast, Beth Tweddle, record-breaking fell runner, Nicky Spinks, Premiership referee, Anthony Taylor, and others give you a unique insight into their training, lifestyle and mindset and answer YOUR questions.
Hosted by: CAROLINE BARKER, BBC 5 LIVE SPORT
Caroline hosts some of the world’s biggest sports shows, from Sportshour and Sportsworld on the BBC World Service, to 5 live Sport in the UK. A familiar voice of sport across the BBC, Caroline’s knowledge and warm presenting style can also be seen, on TV with ‘Fanzone’ for Premier League Productions and Sky Netball. She is the founder and host of the long-running Non League Football Show.
Caroline has a wealth of live Radio and TV presenting experience at some of the world’s major events, from the Olympics to the World Cup final. Caroline is equally comfortable writing as well as broadcasting with a number of commissioned national newspaper articles.
Away from the microphone, Caroline hosts many events for clients including charity and sport governing bodies. She is a director of content creative Jibba Jabba, and was previously on the board of Chelmsford City Football Club.
BETH TWEDDLE MBE, Gymnast
As Britain’s greatest ever-female gymnast, 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.
Along with her unrivalled success Beth has competed at three Olympic Games; Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 – where she won Bronze in the Uneven Bars.
Since starting out at the age of seven, Beth has helped to reinvent British gymnastics and her achievements place her in the ‘greatest of all time’ category within her sport.
Her medals haul started at the 2002 Commonwealth Games where she collected Gold and two Silvers. Over the next decade she would go on to win over 20 more Gold medals, competing all over the World in major Championships.
Following her Olympic success, Beth took a break from competitive gymnastics, taking part in the 2013 series of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, which she won with skating partner Daniel Whiston.
Beth has since retired from competitive gymnastics but is very much involved with her beloved sport, as a director and ambassador of Total Gymnastics. Beth and fellow Olympian, Steve Parry, set up the company to provide the opportunity for as many children as possible to take up gymnastics, within schools, leisure centres and gymnastics clubs to help develop the sport around the country.
ANTHONY TAYLOR, Premier League Referee
Anthony Taylor has been a member of the Select Group of referees since the 2010/11 season, after an eight-year career officiating non-league and Football League matches.
Taylor started refereeing in the North Premier League from 2002 to 2004 before being given a chance to take control of Conference matches.
It took only two years to gain a further promotion and officiate in the Football League for the first time.
In his fourth season of refereeing in the Football League, Taylor was given his first opportunity to work in the top-flight when taking charge of Fulham’s 1-0 win over Portsmouth in February 2010.
Later that year, Taylor was in charge for the FA Vase final and his performances throughout the 2009/10 campaign elevated the Cheshire FA referee to the Select Group officials for the following season.
The FA Trophy final followed in 2012, before Taylor was the fourth official in Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 victory over Manchester City in the 2013 FA Cup final.
By this time, Taylor was promoted to the FIFA officials list and in 2015 he would referee the Capital One Cup Final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, before returning to Wembley for Arsenal’s 2015 Community Shield triumph over Chelsea.
Bio and image courtesy of www.premierleague.com