26th May 2017
Special Olympics GB National Games
Tuesday 8th August – Friday 11th August 2017
Special Olympics GB is thrilled to announce that James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist and icon – has with Toby Jepson written, produced and re-recorded ‘We’ll Stop at Nothing’ to become the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem. The song is being released today with all profits going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability.
Born in South Yorkshire, James was the 2004 and 2007 World Superbike Champion. Post Superbikes, James’ career has taken off in the world of music, fronting Toseland who have released two critically acclaimed albums and toured the UK and Europe, sharing stages with some of rock music’s biggest names.
‘We’ll Stop At Nothing’ originally appeared on the Toseland album ‘Cradle The Rage’ where the track was spotted by Special Olympics GB. James was then invited to re-record the track along with the sensational Sheffield Choir ‘ChorusUK’ recently at the wonderful Sheffield City Hall, who assisted the project brilliantly.
Special Olympics GB’s National Games are to be held in Sheffield and South Yorkshire this August and will see in the region of 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities take part in 20 sports events. Special Olympics GB’s tenth National Summer Games will be held for the second time in Sheffield – the first time was back in the steel city in 1993. This is the largest disability sports event of 2017 and entry is free to the public for all sporting action.
Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities. The National Summer Games will open on Tuesday 8th August - with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane – and will continue with four days of sport.
James and his band Toseland will perform the Official Special Olympics Games Anthem at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony.
The song can now be purchased immediately with all profits going to Special Olympics GB. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/well-stop-at-nothing-feat-chorusuk-single/id1237597006
The National Games is the showpiece event every four years for Special Olympics GB and its athletes. Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability.
James commented: “I am proud to have written, produced and re-recorded this song as the Official Anthem for Special Olympics 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.”
Karen Wallin, CEO of Special Olympics GB 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.”
A list of the 20 sports at Special Olympics 2017 National Games include:
Football (Sheffield Hallam University Sports Park - SHUSP), Athletics (Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Centre - SHUCAS), Swimming (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Boccia (Ponds Forge International Sports Centre), Badminton (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Table Tennis (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Judo (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Young Athletes ‘Come & Try’ (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Powerlifting (Forge Valley Community School), MATP (English Institute of Sport Sheffield - EISS), Gym Rhythmic (Ice Sheffield), Gym Artistic (Ice Sheffield), Golf (Rother Valley Golf Club), Sailing (Pugneys Watersports Centre & Country Park), Basketball (All Saints Sports Centre), Netball (All Saints Sports Centre), Short Mat Bowls (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Tennis (Graves Health and Sports Centre), Ten Pin Bowling (Hollywood Bowl), Cycling (Forge Valley Community School), Equestrian (Parklands Equestrian Centre), Indoor Bowls (Doncaster Indoor Bowls Club).
For more details on James Toseland please visit: www.toselandmusic.com
For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk
- Special Olympics GB showpiece event held every 4 years
- The largest disability sports event in Great Britain in 2017
- 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities
- 4 days of competition
- 800 coaches
- 750 volunteers
- 150 officials
- 6,000 family & friends
ALL SPORTS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FREE OF CHARGE