Olympic skier, mountaineering great, extreme sportsman and extraordinary individual, Bruce Grant was a Queenstown adventurer whose special attitude to life touched a community and provide inspiration to local young people.
Bruce died after reaching the summit of K2 in the Himalayas on August 13, 1995. His death had a devastating effect on the Queenstown community and a trust was set up to preserve his legacy and to recognise the efforts of young people who displayed a similar passion for life and desire to achieve.
In the eleven years since it was established, the Bruce Grant Youth Trust has distributed over $200,000 to the young people of the Wakatipu. And so the legend lives on.
The Bruce Grant Youth Trust is listed alongside the Queen and world famous actors on the scholarship roll at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where recipient and Queenstown actor Ben Farry studied. It can be found in Telluride Colorado where a group of Wakatipu High School students studied performance art. It's also on the C.V.'s of dozens of the Wakatipu's young sports people; skiers, soccer players, horse riders, sailors, rugby players mountain bikers, snowboarders, tennis players, ice hockey players and features on the local Wakatipu Rowing Club skiff.
Olympic skier, mountaineering great, extreme sportsman and extraordinary individual.