Son of Queenstown
“You achieved your life vision to stand on the summit of K2 (Pakistan)”
Succumbed to the wrath of nature on descent 13th August 1995
Aged 31 years.
This simple memorial to a modern day adventurer is an under statement to the influence Bruce Grant had on his outdoor activity orientated community. After his death a trust was established in Bruce’s name to encourage the youth of Queenstown to achieve their goals and aspirations. Bruce Grant had a special attitude to life that touched a community and to this day provides inspiration to local young people.
Who was Bruce Grant?
An Olympic skier, mountaineer, extreme adventurer and an extraordinary individual. Bruce represented New Zealand in the downhill at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. He finished 31st. His sister Christine also competed for New Zealand at Sarajevo. Bruce was selected in the New Zealand team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary but on the day he was supposed to compete in the downhill he was having surgery on an injured knee. He loved the challenge of the outdoors and the environment in which he lived.
He climbed Mount Cook and parepented off, he skied down Mount Cook, he ruled the dash for cash on Coronet Peak, and he climbed mountains.He did a lot in his 31 years. His death on K2 in 1995 had a devastating effect on the Queenstown Community.The Bruce Grant Youth Trust was set up to preserve his legacy and to recognise the efforts of other young people who showed a similar passion for life, adventure and the desire to succeed.
Realising young dreams and aspirations.
The Bruce Grant Youth Trust offers a highly visible way of supporting youth in the Wakatipu basin. Past recipients have included World junior mountain bike champion Scarlett Hagen, Actor Ben Farry, NZ Ice Blacks captain Simon Glass, Singer Emily Burns, Snow boarder the late Hamish Bagley, Olympic Skier Tim Cafe, Tennis players Ricky and Ben McLachlan, Olympic skier Adam Barwood, annual scholarships to the Wakatipu high school winter academy and many more. Since 1995 in excess of $400,000 has been distributed to successful applicants.
Who can apply?
The Bruce Grant Youth Trust looks to support youth, under the age of 25, who are looking to further themselves in the Arts, Cultural and Sporting fields. They must be a resident of the Wakatipu Basin. Individuals and teams may apply. We have one funding round a year in October. This can be reviewed by the trust.

Bruce Grant Youth Trust
PO Box 1769