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Grant Burnell - Athlete

Inducted October 13, 1973

Grant was born in Trinity, November 30th, 1902 where he received his education.

He was a short and long distance walker. Grant won his first race in 1922, a two mile turf walk which took place on St. George's Field in a sports held by the M.G.C.A. Up to 1923 he participated in one and two mile races only and had many wins to his credit.

During 1924 he competed and won his first 10 mile walk at the Earl Haig Sports. He continued to walk one and ten mile up to 1926. When he went to Halifax representing Newfoundland in the Halifax Herald 25 mile race he finished first bringing great honour to his native land. The following year in the same race he finished a close second, but in 1929 he took top honours in winning the Halifax Herald 25 mile walk in record time. The record we believe still is unbroken. Grant also competed at Grand Falls and Bell Island.

It is interesting to note that after Grant had retired from walking, his time which had remained unbroken for a number of years was finally beaten. Grant came out of retirement, practiced hard and long, competed again in the 10 mile championship race and won, setting a new record.

He was also a member of the team that went to the British Empire Games.

He was a member of the N.A.A.A. for a number of years and is now retired from the Newfoundland Tractor & Equipment Co. Ltd. where he was a director of that Company.

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