New Zealand powerlifter preparing to chase gold at Special Olympic World Summer Games

A New Zealand powerlifter is preparing for a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete at the Special Olympic World Summer Games.

James Wilson is the only powerlifter representing New Zealand and he isn't afraid of hard work.

"I'm honoured to represent my country," the 26 year-old says.

His dad, Steve, has been coaching him for the past four years and every day has led up to this moment.

"It was a nervous wait while we waited to see if he was chosen or not," Steve says.

Working together is the key to success, Steve notes, but it does bring its challenges.

"He certainly talks back to me a lot more than the other coaches."

The pair have eight weeks to go until the games begin.

"It involves plenty of discipline, regular training, careful eating as well these days. Gone are the days when powerlifters trained on burgers and KFC," Steve says.

But that doesn't bother James, who has just one thing on his mind.

"I want to win for gold."

He'll be chasing that gold in Abu Dhabi from March 14th to the 21st.