A motorbike superstar hopes to energise Sheffield with the release of his anthem for this summer's Special Olympics National Games.
James Toseland, a double Superbike World Championship winner turned rock singer, spoke of his pride at recording 'We'll Stop At Nothing', the official theme for the event taking place in Sheffield in August.
James and his band Toseland will perform the anthem at the end of the opening ceremony at Bramall Lane on August 8.
The song, co-written with Toby Jepson, was released today, with all profits going to charity to support athletes with learning disabilities. And James will perform the song exclusively on The Star's Facebook page before answering questions from readers.
He said: “I am proud to have written, produced and re-recorded this song as the Official Anthem for Special Olymics GB’s National Games in Sheffield.
“Coming from the area, I know how passionate the people in Yorkshire are for their sport and they will embrace the athletes, family and friends of Special Olympics.
“The highlight of my sporting career was to win the World Superbike Championship for two different manufacturers but music gives me a different but same amount of joy.
“I hope in this song I have captured the energy, spirit, passion and fun of Special Olympics GB and their brilliant athletes.
“When I wrote the lyrics to ‘We'll Stop At Nothing’ I had just been forced to retire from being a sportsman and the song is all about fighting to get back up again when we all inevitably get knocked down.
“Seeing the incredibly brave athletes pushing themselves to the limits regardless of their individual disabilities, captures their resilience and adaptability to succeed regardless of the challenges ahead.
“Being a part of the Special Olympics GB has given my song the exact narrative it was written about.”
“I'm very excited about the event in August.”
Special Olympics GB CEO Karen Wallin said: “It is tremendous that James has re-recorded ‘We’ll Stop At Nothing’ for us to use as the 2017 Special Olympics Games Anthem and that he is donating all profits to the charity.
“We are thrilled James has become an Ambassador and is already helping us to raise awareness of the work that we do across the country every day and for the athletes with intellectual disabilities that we work with.”
The games will run from August 7 to 11. For more details visit www.sheffield2017.org.uk.