For South Cheshire gymnast Beth Tweddle, 2009 has been the most incredible year.
She established herself as World and European floor gymnastics number one after winning the gold at the World Championships in London in the summer.
And now an amazing year for Beth has been capped by being awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours list.
"This came as a total shock," she said. "Outside of gymnastics it's the biggest honour I have ever received.
"I spoke to my grandparents at the weekend because I didn't want them to find out through the newspapers first, and they just broke down in tears."
"That just showed me how much it meant to them, and how much these awards mean to people in general."
Beth's MBE means she'll definitely go down in history as one of Britain's greatest gymnasts, and her list of achievements shows why.
She was the first Briton to win a gymnastics gold medal at the World Championships, by winning the uneven bars event with a score of 16.200 in the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, in Denmark.
"All my hard work has finally paid off," said Tweddle at the time. "A lot of people told me it would come - but I didn't think it ever actually would. It hasn't sunk in yet."
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Her greatest success in her sport came in the 2009 World Championships at the O2 Arena in London - flipping and tumbling her way to the gold medal in the floor gymnastics with a score of 14.650.
It came 4 days after the disappointment of missing out on the final in her preferred bars discipline after falling while performing her signature move.
Earlier in 2009 she won the European floor title, but admitted that the London victory meant a lot more to her.
"Bars was always what I was renowned for, so I never, ever dreamt I'd get it on floor," she said. "This is my first ever World medal on floor, and for it to be on floor it's the best feeling ever."
The win also made Tweddle just the fifth woman in history to win world titles in both uneven bars and floor gymnastics.
Beth was also shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of The Year 2009 final, although she lost out to Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs.
Of course, she's not new to the programme, having been voted third at BBC's Sports Personality of the Year 2006.
Looking to 2012
The 21 year old started her gymnastics career at a gym in Crewe before joining a club in Liverpool.BETH'S ACHIEVEMENTS
After becoming Britain's first ever gymnastics World Champion, she went on to win her seventh consecutive British National Championship title in July 2007.
She was part of the 2008 GB Olympics squad, competing in both the bars and floor. She qualified for the final but placed 4th with a score of 16.625.
At the 2009 European Championships, Tweddle won gold medals on both floor exercise and bars. She also went on to win both of those events at the Glasgow Grand Prix event in May 2009.
She now has her sights set on the 2012 Olympics but admits that, because then she will be 27 years old, she might be too old.
She says she may not make the decision on whether she wants to aim for the squad until 12 months before the Games.
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