Paralympics New Zealand has named the first of a clutch of Maori athletes who will be part of the London 2012 Paralympic team.
Cyclist Jayne Parsons is legally blind but qualified, along with her pilot, Kylie Young.
Last year Mrs Parsons was named Disabled Maori Sportsperson of the Year, and won the world championship in the three-kilometre pursuit.
She will be taking part in four events at the paralympics, and hopes to win at least three gold medals.
And she says being of Taranaki iwi descent makes representing New Zealand even more special.
London's 2012 Paralympic Games begin in less than 100 days.