Team Hui'o athletes train to get the winning edge at the National Special OlympicsUPDATED 10:39 PM HST May 04, 2014Video Transcript
Twelve lucky Hawaii athletes are getting the chance of a lifetime to compete in the national Special Olympics this summer. KITV 4's Ashley Moser introduces us to a swimmer whose race times are already dropping jaws. 14 54 113 Video from -- 6:37 Sound from -- 3:13 "GOOD JOB NICOLE... STRONG FINISH. GO! GO!" 3:16 Cindy 12:11 "SHE'S PROBABLY OUR BEST SWIMMER IN HAWAII!" 12:13 All eyes on are on 15-year-old Nicole Inouye as she gears up for nationals. Nicole 7:03 "COACH MARIE -- WERE WORKING ME HARD AND REALLY PUSHING ME TO THE LIMIT. REALLY REALLY HARD. IT KIND OF HELPS ME A LOT." 7:09 Nicole is one of 12 athletes on Team Hui'o with intellectual disabilities...1 of 4 racing in swimming events. She first jumped in the water when she was only 5 years old ...and although she's been swimming for 10 years...she says there's something different about competing on a national level. Nicole 8:34 "SOMETHING NEW THAT I HAVEN'T TRIED BEFORE. SO IT KIND OF HELPS ME A LOT. WHICH I AM VERY HAPPY ABOUT." 8:39 Volunteers have been working with the athletes since December...holding training camps along with workshops...aimed at preparing them for this new experience. Cindy 12:53 "WE'RE TEACHING THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT, TO GET OUT THERE, TO EXPERIENCE NEW THINGS TO SEE A NEW PLACE THAT THEY'VE NEVER SEEN." 12:59 The swimmers will work together on a 400 meter relay... then individually compete in a 200 butterfly, 100 individual medley and 50 freestyle. Standup Ashley 17:20 "AS FOR NICOLE'S TIMES ...1 MINUTE AT 42 SECONDS ON THE 100 METER BUTTERFLY AND ONLY 32 SECONDS ON THE 50 METER FREESTYLE. UNDOUBTEDLY THE FASTEST SPECIAL OLYMPIAN SWIMMER IN THE STATE. BUT SHE SAYS IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT WINNING IN NEW JERSEY." 17:34 Nicole 7:10 "BECOME A BETTER PERSON TOO AS WELL. NOT JUST BECOME A BETTER SWIMMER. JUST A PERSON, MY PERSONALITY AS WELL." 17:15 She says training with fellow athletes has helped her grow and become more social. Making new friends in and out of the water. Ashley Moser... KITV 4 News The national competition will be in New Jersey this June but it will cost about 1- thousand dollars to send each athlete. Along with monetary donations, Special Olympics Hawaii is accepting miles on Hawaiian Air. If you'd like to donate...check out the As Seen On section of our website... kitv.com.