An impressive athletic career that was especially successful in race walking and cross-country skiing earned Gillian Grant election to the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame.
A native of Scotland who moved to Newfoundland with her parents, she also excelled in golf, running, water polo, cycling, swimming and triathlon.
Her exceptional race walking skill resulted in numerous race victories within the province and gained her a berth on the Canadian national team. She represented Canada at World championship races in Spain and in Mexico.
She set records for the 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters race walking events for females.
Twice victorious in the provincial cross-country ski marathon, she also won twice in age-group events and on three occasions was a member of the winning provincial marathon team.
Gillian Grant was provincial junior female golf champion for 1971 and placed second in the 1989 provincial cycling road race.
Her triathlon record includes two overall victories at Corner Brook and one overall victory at St. John’s. She has been first in age-group competitions eight times.
She was a member of the provincial water polo team in 1977.
In recognition of a great year of achievements, she was voted provincial and St. John’s female athlete of the year for 1981.
Because of her outstanding and truly versatile career, Gillian Grant was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame November 19, 1994.
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