The immensely friendly Hackney born Dalton Grant, is one of Great Britain’s finest high jumpers. Dalton competed at the Seoul, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympic Games. He is a European Championships and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist, and in 2008 Dalton equalled the world veteran record at Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. His personal best jump was 2.36 metres, achieved at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo. He has a personal indoor best of 2.37 metres.
Likeable and hugely talented, Dalton set nine successive national records between 1988 and 1991, becoming the first Briton to be ranked in the world’s top 10 since Alan Paterson in 1950. Having narrowly missed a medal at the Seoul Olympics, he earned his greatest success a decade later taking the Commonwealth title in Kuala Lumpur and earning a European outdoor silver medal to add to the European indoor golds he had won in 1994.
A London 2012 Ambassador and from East End of London, Dalton is hugely excited about the positive changes that Olympics will bring about, not just in London, but beyond. Given his experience as an elite athlete and his personal journey, he is an enthralling person to hear speak, and now is even more in demand given his Hackney roots and the fast approaching London Games.
Dalton is a character that likes to inspire and share his knowledge with the next generation of sporting talent. Not only does he coach up and coming high jumpers, he also transfers his skills to work with athletes in other disciplines such as sprinters and badminton players.
Dalton offers a substantial programme of education, support services and funding for outstanding student athletes who are selected onto Dalton’s sports bursary programme. The programme is being introduced into schools within the M25 and includes sports education, health and nutrition support. The Sports Bursary Programme is run in conjunction with The Dalton Grant Academy.
The Dalton Grant Academy (DGA) is dedicated to Sporting Excellence and is open to everybody in the Barking & Dagenham community. It is currently run on a mobile basis mainly in schools and existing athletic grounds, however a specific site is currently being secured to host the DGA, which already secured Â£4 million of investment.