THERE are just 24 days until New Lambton's Belinda Prince showcases her sporting talent to the world.
Prince is one of 400 Australian athletes with a disability who will represent the nation next month when Newcastle hosts the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games.
The games will be held across seven days from December 1, with 2500 athletes from 32 countries competing in individual and team sports.
Thirty-year-old Prince was born with an intellectual disability and has been swimming since she was 15.
She said being a swimmer helped her build self-esteem and social skills.
The proud holder of an AustSwim certificate, Prince also teaches other young people with a disability to swim at Valentine pool every Tuesday.
On Thursday nights, she is training for her bronze medallion in surf lifesaving with the Cooks Hill Surf Lifesaving Club.
Prince will compete in the 100 metres breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 100m individual medley and the relay events at the games.
Prince said participating in the Special Olympics was a dream come true.
"I want to achieve personal bests at the games in December. If I get a gold medal, that's a bonus, but I just want to hear the crowd."
Not only will Prince represent Australia as an athlete, but also as a games ambassador.
She said the role gave her fantastic opportunities, such as meeting Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce when she announced the Australian team.