Twizel singer-songwriter Sarah Conlan is soaring high after her song was chosen as the theme song for Special Olympics New Zealand's (SONZ) National Summer Games.
Mrs Conlan's song Soaring High was selected from dozens of entries in SONZ's theme song competition. She said it was inspired by the motto for the National Summer Games "soaring to new heights".
SONZ chief executive officer Kathy Gibson said the song "encapsulated the audacity that our athletes show in their sporting achievements".
Mrs Conlan has said she will donate all her proceeds from the sale of the song to SONZ.
Her family has been heavily involved with SONZ as volunteers and she said it was nice to now be involved in her own way.
SONZ helps pay some of the costs of athletes travelling to the games, and Mrs Conlan said "if the [proceeds from the] song can help get an athlete to the games, that would be great".
Mrs Conlan won the Gold Guitar award in 2003 and has been a regular finalist since. She moved to Twizel from Christchurch late last year and teaches music.
The National Summer Games will be held in Dunedin from November 26 to December 1 and Mrs Conlan will perform her song at the opening ceremony.
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