A STAR West Fife gymnastics trio are aiming to "go out and end on a high" when they compete with Europe's best.

Acrobay Gymnastics Club's Sacha Muir, Erin Henderson and Chloe Rowlands will travel to Holon, Israel, this week to represent Great Britain at the European Championships in Acrobatic Gymnastics, which begin on Wednesday.

They are one of 16 partnerships that are set to take part in the competition, and comes after they travelled to Belarus in June for the European Games, in which they were Team GB's sole representatives within their discipline.

Sacha and Erin, 19, and 15-year-old Chloe also represented their country at this year's Acro World Cup, in Portugal, and last year became the first-ever junior Scottish partnership to perform for GB at the World Age Group Championships, where they finished in an outstanding fourth place.

However, with Sacha and Erin having started university, the European Championships will mark their last competition together as a partnership, but they are determined to go out in style.

"I think the first time we got selected was such a big thing, and we've got loads of people behind us," Sacha said.

"It'd be good to go out and end on a high, so hopefully we do a good set of routines. I feel excited to go out and perform, just do really clean routines and the best we can do, and maybe get a personal best score."

Erin commented: "I think we feel quite prepared this time, so we're excited to go out and do our routines. Hopefully it will be a good competition.

"We've been in here about 20 hours a week. That's normally what we do but we've been working a lot harder and doing a lot more than usual.

"We're really close so we can chat to each other about things that aren't going right and try and fix them together."

Inverkeithing High School pupil Chloe said: "It'll be a good experience.

"We've been on track working up to it and it's been going really well. We want to try and get to do our final routines."

Their proud coach, Suzanne Fraser, will travel to the competition with them, and added: "They're competing at the highest level, which is senior, and there's 16 partnerships that they're competing against.

"There's three different routines that they do, and there's only eight that get into the final. That's the first goal; to try and do as best they can, as clean as possible, and try and get into the finals.

"They've put in a lot of hard work and are committed. They're looking forward to it; the two bases (Sacha and Erin) are retiring after this competition, so this is their last competition together as a partnership.

"Chloe's going to carry on – she's going to go into another partnership – so the girls are looking forward to finishing on a high."