AN ambitious young gymnast is looking to follow in the footsteps of Beth Tweddle - all the way to the Olympics.
Aisling Williams, 13, from Wallasey, trains with the British star of the sport at City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club under coach Amanda Kirby and her own dad, Martin.
She has just represented Britain for the first time in a competition for Olympic hopefuls in Prague, where she finished second overall and top-scored on floor and bars.
This followed her earlier success in finishing third in the Junior English Championships and third in the Espoir British Championship, where she also became British bar champion in her age group.
Proud mum Sharon said the whole family is delighted with her daughter's success.
"This is Aisling's first year in the GB Junior Squad, although she has been at the level below that for three years," she added.
"When she was selected she was delighted because she has always wanted to put on the British team leotard. When she got it she was straight upstairs to try everything on, and with the competition being overseas, it made it extra special.
"Once she was there, she didn't know who she would be competing against which can be unnerving, but she performed brilliantly and recorded her highest ever score to finish second, behind a girl from Romania."
Sharon said: "A couple of weeks after that she scored even higher in another competition, so we are all so proud of her. She has done amazingly well and delivered when the pressure was on."
A pupil at Neston High School, Aisling started attending recreation gym classes when she was just five in Neston. She then moved onto Liverpool aged seven to develop her blossoming abilities.
Her quest for excellence has led to a demanding schedule of training 26 hours a week.
Sharon said: "That is a big responsibility for a 13-year-old, but I think she would train more often if she could - she just loves it so much.
"She trains with Amanda and also her dad, who is a coach. It works out well because I am a physiotherapist, so my skills come in handy, too, when needed.
"I think one of the big attractions for her is having the discipline that is needed and also the challenge of learning and mastering new moves.
"She puts a lot into that and is always looking to do that little bit extra."
That commitment also means a trip to Lilleshall once a month for work with the British national coaches and Sharon thanked Aisling's school for helping her accommodate her gymnastics within her education.
After her success in Prague, Aisling's next ambition is to be selected for the Junior European Championships in Amsterdam in April.
Longer term, she wants to reach the heady heights of the Commonwealth and even Olympic Games, with 2008 in Beijing the ultimate goal.
Sharon said: "That is what Aisling has wanted from when she was a little girl and that is why it helps to have someone like Beth Tweddle in the gym.
"They are close friends and she is such a good role model because she has done it at the highest level.
"Beth is so nice with everybody and Aisling knows from watching Beth just what it takes to reach the top."