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Let's Turn Beth Tweddle Twitter Abuse During #SportsWomen Q&A Into Something Positive

21/01/2014 18:32 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 06: Gymnast Beth Tweddle attends a photocall after announcing her retirement at Chobham Academy on August 6, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/UK Press via Getty Images)

The legacy of London 2012 was well and truly shat on this fine Tuesday morning, as a bunch of nasty trolls abused Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle during a Twitter Q&A with Sky Sports News.

Using the hashtag #Sportswomen, the event was designed to allow fans and sports enthusiasts to ask the three-time Olympian burning questions about her experiences as a world class athlete.

Instead, as the Everyday Sexism project pointed out, many of the questions tweeted amounted to cyber bullying and misogyny.

Charming...

See a selection of tweets here:

#SportWomen Q&A with Beth Tweddle

Despite the onslaught of abusive tweets, there was a silver lining as other Twitter users came out in force to denounce the trolls and offer words of support.

Some users saw the abuse as an opportunity to bolster the fight to get sports women more visible in the public eye:

We're all for turning this into something more positive. Share this piece on social media - if you're with us.

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