ANDREW GRANT CELEBRATES his gold medal in the Junior Sprint at the national track cycling championships.

ANDREW GRANT CELEBRATES his gold medal in the Junior Sprint at the national track cycling championships.

Andrew Grant a national champ

Merville cyclist captures Junior Sprint honours at Canadians in New Brunswick

Andrew Grant from Merville won the national Junior Sprint title last week at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships in Dieppe, New Brunswick.

The 18-year-old has been having a great year, capturing many podium finishes, so he went into the track Nationals with high hopes.

“I didn’t qualify very well in the morning, fifth, with my worst time all year,” he said afterwards. “My coach, Houshang Amiri, was really great with helping me to stay focused going into the quarter-finals, and as I progressed through to the semis I started to gain some confidence.

“As the day wore on I felt better and better, the legs felt great, and by the time the finals came around I was in the gold ride and feeling good. I managed to take it with two straight wins. I am really excited to be bringing the jersey back to the Island,” Grant said.