BRITISH gymnasts Beth Tweddle and Aisling Williams have prepared for the World Championships in very different ways.
While Beth, Britain's greatest ever gymnast and the nation's first world champion, has trained at home with coach Amanda Kirby, Aisling has been entrenched with the rest of Team GB in a gruelling six-week training camp at Lilleshall.
The pair, from City of Liverpool GC, are senior members of the team, having competed in World Championships before. They are also the oldest GB gymnasts selected for Stuttgart.
They had to watch as teammate Mel Roberts, of Saltney, was left on the standby list.
'It is tough when the selection is made,' said Aisling, who is 17 and from Neston. 'I am obviously thrilled to be selected two years running, but as a group we all get so close and then one or two are told they have to stay behind. That is difficult.'
Beth, from Bunbury, is gearing up for a defence of the world uneven bars title she won in Denmark last year - an achievement that propelled her into the national spotlight and led to her finishing third in last year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
The 22-year-old trained away from the squad this time, meeting them periodically to pass on tips and experience and competing in a warm-up competition against Brazil in Ipswich - where she produced a performance so good it carried the team to victory.
'Me and my coach Amanda have stayed at home to work but we have paid a number of visits to the camp to offer the girls advice both on their routines and on living together for so long away from home because it is a difficult thing to do,' said the former Chester Queen's School pupil.
'Being away has been helpful for me because, while I am great friends with the girls, none of them are close to my age. The nearest is Aisling who is five years younger than me and the gap is a bit much if you are going to live together for that long.'
Despite only reaching the ripe old age of 17 at the start of this month, Aisling has been able to pass on plenty of her experience to the younger gymnasts.
'I have done this before and you learn how to cope away from your family for so long so I have been helping out by passing that experience on,' she said.
'It is strange being a senior team member and having that responsibility but we have a good team spirit and togetherness.
'We've been helping each other with weak areas to try to make sure we get that top 12 place.'
Britain must finish in the top 12 as a team in order to earn the right to send a full team to next year's Beijing Olympics.
Last year at the worlds in Aarhus, despite Beth's win on the uneven bars, Great Britain finished 11th and they want to take their place a little more comfortably this time.
The team has had two warm-up tournaments, the Ipswich event and a competition in the Czech Republic against the Czechs and the Swiss.
'I only competed at Ipswich,' said Beth. 'I have had no reactions to my shoulder or foot injuries but I am still wary of my foot so am taking care of it.'
Aisling said winning both events was a great boost.
'Those results helped us as a team,' she said. 'We know we are doing the right things and now we all need to do our best in Ger many.'