We're for nurturing young talent: Gympie Times commitment
We watched her grow up, that cute, plucky kid from Mothar Mountain who could belt out a country song like nobody else and was determined to go all the way.
From local school bands competing at Tamworth with the Country Music School of Excellence, to the Australian Institute of Country Music and countless other country music festivals, we tracked the career of Caitlyn Shadbolt, barracked for her, willed her to realise her dream of becoming a country music star.
Then in 2014, she landed herself a spot on Channel Seven's X Factor. Our hearts were in our mouths as she made it through auditions and hung in there to defy the naysayers and make the final five.
We're for Gympie's brilliant young talent.
She was tiny and she was country, proud of her Gympie roots, talented and determined, copping the criticism with grace, going further than she had dared hope.
She brought us to tears of joy and excitement, made our hearts swell with pride and hope -- and gave us a local story straight from Hollywood about a girl from Mothar Mountain who made the big time, going on to release her debut album, scoring a No 1 hit, a Golden Guitar nomination and now two CMC award nominations.
It was this newspaper that brought you that story and that will continue to follow it as it unfolds.
It was this newspaper that believed in that powerhouse of talent, that backed her all the way and rallied the community to get behind her, hosted a special concert in the park when her time on X Factor came to an end -- a concert thousands of people attended.
Because that's what The Gympie Times is for.
We're for recognising the dreamers, we're for helping make those dreams a reality and celebrating the successes.
We're for backing the battlers and the inspirational and the hard workers.
We shout from the rooftops how great it is to live in this region and why.
We're for making life better, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. We're for telling your stories.
We're for people just like you.