AISLING Williams has returned from her first World Gymnastics Championships eager to improve and earn a place in Great Britain's 2008 Olympic team.
The 16-year-old from Neston finished 39th in the all-around event, which takes in all four female artistic gymnastic disciplines - vault, uneven bars, beam and floor.
She was the British team's second-highest finisher in Aarhus, Denmark, behind Beth Tweddle, who was fourth in the all-around and won gold in the uneven bars final.
Aisling said: 'To be honest, I was surprised when the team was selected. Seven of us went out there and we weren't told who was in the six until late.'
The teenager, who started her gymnastics career at her local club in Neston before moving to the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club at the age of seven, added: 'I was glad to see that my routine was competitive against the best in the world. I nailed my routine and any place I earned after that was a bonus.
'I am almost there and if I can build more difficulty into the routine, I can do a lot better.
'That is what I will do over the next 12 months. It is easier to do difficult new moves in the gym in training, I need to practise so I can do them in competition.'
Aisling said part of her performance was down to advice from Beth, who became the first Briton ever to win a gold medal in the World Championships on Friday.
'She had been there before and she was always there when I was competing, reassuring me and just giving me calm words to help me focus,' said Aisling.
'Her experience was invaluable to me. I train with her anyway but to have her there in a competition setting was an honour and a positive factor for me.
'We were all really pleased with her achievement. She is a great gymnast and to win gold shows us all it can be done.
'I must now work hard to give myself a similar chance.'
As a team, however, Britain failed to reach the top eight and qualify for the team final. They finished 11th.
'We were not too down-hearted,' said Aisling. 'Our aim was always top 12.
'That gives us a ranking next year and we will all be working to improve our performance before then.
'I have my sights set on competing at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. In order to do that, I have to improve and keep getting selected. The better I do when I am competing, the better my chances.'