A former Dunedin singer-songwriter has won a competition
to write an anthem for this year's Special Olympics summer
games in Dunedin.
Sarah Conlan wrote and recorded Soaring High to inspire
athletes at the games.
''I wrote the song specifically for the competition. I wanted
to do something that would be really inspirational to the
athletes,'' she said. Mrs Conlan (nee Benn), who moved to
Twizel last year, has three children, aged 1-7.
''Hopefully, this will be a really great opportunity and give
my career a boost, so I get noticed.''
The song was recorded at the Angel's Gate Studio in
Christchurch and would be available on iTunes, with profits
going to the Special Olympics.
Mrs Conlan (27) will perform the song at the games opening in
Dunedin, on November 27, when more than 1200 athletes with
intellectual disabilities and supporters will participate in
the Special Olympics New Zealand eighth national summer games
until November 30.
The games, held every four years, are the largest regular
sports event for people with intellectual disabilities in New
Athletes will compete in 10 Olympic-style sports: aquatics,
athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, football, golf,
indoor bowls, powerlifting and tenpin bowling.