Third time around at the Commonwealth Games for Grant Golding

Tuesday March 21

Grant Golding (Maple Ridge, BC) is definately not a newcomer amongst Canadian artistic gymnasts competing at the Commonwealth Games. In Malaysia in 1998, he won a bronze medal in the team event while four years later in Manchester, he helped Canada claim silver in the same event. In 2006, Grant who is considered a veteran on the Canadian team, has added two more medals to his collection of awards by winning gold in the team event, gold in the men's parallel bars and bronze in the pommel horse event.

Shortly after winning the bronze medal in the pommel horse event, this gymnast who is now based in Calgary was pleased with his second medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. "The pommel horse event is definitely one of the most difficult events. Tonight, four of the eight finalists fell during their routine. This is an event where you have to control your speed and movement, and participants have to be focussed and let things swing," said Golding.

Being at his third consecutive Commonwealth Games, Grant has fond feelings about the ongoing Games in Melbourne, Australia. "Winning my fourth medal feels pretty good. I would say that winning this medal on the pommel horse is more special because it is my own and I went out and did it. However, the other ones (three team medals in 1998, 2002 and 2006) are also important since they were won as part of a team and will also be very special. Competing in 2006 is quite different from my first games eight years ago, since at those were my first big international meet at the senior level. Today, I definitely feel more confortable out there and more relaxed," added Golding.