HE'S about to jet off to London on a quest for Paralympic gold, but Ryley Batt has still managed to find time to speak to some Port Macquarie kids and promote his sport.
Batt was at St Joseph's Regional College on Wednesday and St Agnes Primary School yesterday to spread the word about the Paralympics and put a smile on the kids' faces.
He flies out of Port Macquarie on Saturday, and from Brisbane to London on Sunday, before a pre-games camp in Cardiff from August 20-28.
Batt gets acquainted with the athletes' village on August 28, before the opening ceremony the following day.
The wheelchair rugby competition kicks off in the second week.
"So we have bit of time to check out the first week, and do some training," Batt said.
Australia will play three pool games. The first is against Canada on September 6.
The top two from each pool head into the quarter finals.
Batt said Australia was a strong chance of bringing home a medal.
"We're definitely up there with the favourites," he said.
"Us and America have the edge."
The Aussies and the Yanks could be on a collision course to meet in the gold medal match.
If they do, Batt hopes the side can go one better than the gold medal matches at both the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the 2010 world championships.
Australia came back with silver both times.
"So this time it's our time to shine," he said.