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Grant Rivers

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Grant Rivers
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Personal information
Full nameGrant Rivers
Born (1995-03-11) 11 March 1995 (age 26)
NC, United States
ResidenceHamilton, Bermuda
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight90 kg (200 lb)
Country Bermuda
Event(s)Decathlon and Javelin
Turned pro2019
Achievements and titles
Regional finals2019 ACC Champion
National finals4 X Bermuda National Champion[1]
Updated on 6 April 2020.

Grant Rivers (born March 11, 1995) is a Bermudian-American track and field athlete. He is Bermuda's Outdoor National Champion in the discus, shot put, javelin, and high jump][2][3][4]. Rivers is also an Indoor National Champion in the pole vault[5].

He holds Bermuda's Indoor National Records in the pole vault, 60 meter hurdles, shot put, and heptathlon[6][circular reference]. Rivers has one outdoor national record in pole vault. The previous record stood for over three decades before the young Bermudian broke it at the age of 24[7].

Personal life[edit]

He is parented by Colleen and University of Tennessee baseball alum Gary Rivers[8]. Grant's father was a pitcher at Tennessee and is recognized as being the first African-American baseball signee to the university in 1975[9]. Grant is also accompanied by an older sibling, Andrea Rivers.

Rivers attended Hendersonville High School in North Carolina. He competed in football, basketball, and track year round. As a Junior in high school he set several school records in football at the quarterback position and also holds a school record in the high jump (6ft 8in)[10]. As a Senior he claimed multiple state titles in the high jump and All-State honors in the long jump and 110 high hurdles.

Rivers was widely viewed by scouts across the US as being naturally gifted at sports. He was recruited for football and track, but chose to run for NCAA Hall of Fame coach Rollie Gieger at North Carolina State University[11]. North Carolina State is one of 15 division one schools in the Atlantic Coastal Conference.

Collegiate career[edit]

Rivers never competed in the decathlon prior to college and was red shirted his first year at North Carolina State University.

As a redshirt freshman Rivers became NC State's school record holder in the heptathlon[12]. Throughout Rivers collegiate career he produced both athletically and academically. He received a Master of Science degree in Communication and co-authored the book Reimagining Communication[13]. Rivers was awarded several nationally recognized academic honors including: All District Google Cloud Scholar and national runner up for the Arthur Ashe Scholar award[14]. At the conclusion of his career he was top 10 in school history as a decathlete[15]. He earned three All-ACC honors and won NC State's first ACC title in the men's heptathlon[16]. His first ACC Championship title placed him in the top 30 in the United States and broke his previous school record[17]. It was later discovered that his championship season was accomplished on a partially torn achilles. The injury was diagnosed several weeks after the season had concluded.

Professional career[edit]

In the summer of 2019 Rivers was selected by the Bermuda Olympic Association (BOA) to train on Bermuda's National Team for the Toyko 2021 Olympics[18]. That summer he was to compete in Naples, Italy at the 2019 Summer World University Games[19]. This was Rivers first opportunity to compete on the world stage, but due to injury was unable to do so.

Rivers is sponsored by billion dollar vegan protein company Vital Protein[20]. He is also sponsored by Champion Comfort Experts (Heating and Cooling) in western North Carolina[20].

As a professional, he no longer competes in the multi events due to the partial achilles tear suffered in 2018 at ACC Outdoor championships in Miami, Florida. Rivers currently specializes in the Javelin for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics[20]. He ranks number one on the island in the event and number two in Bermuda's history. Rivers is an Olympic hopeful who has yet to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The 2020 outdoor professional and collegiate season have were canceled as a result of Covid-19.


  1. {{|last1=BNAA |title=National Champioships Results |url=http://www.athleticsbda.com/athleticsresults |website=AthleticsBDA |publisher=BNAA |accessdate=24 May 2020}}
  2. Baysden, Earl. "Rivers Still Dreaming of the Olympic Dream". IslandStat. IslandStat. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  3. "Bermuda National Athletic Association Athletic Results". Athleticsbda.com. Bermuda National Athletic Association. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  4. "Bermuda National Championships Results" (PDF). Bermuda National Athletic Association. Bermuda National Athletic Association. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. Hensley, Dean (22 May 2020). "Rivers having to wait another year for Olympics". BlueRidgeNow. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
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  7. Thompson, Colin Thompson (February 14, 2019). "Rivers Determined to Reach World Level". Royal Gazette. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  8. "TENNESSEE BASEBALL ALL-TIME JERSEY NUMBERS". UTSports. UTSports. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  9. Darnell, Jeremy. "Rivers named AD at BRCC". BlueRidgeNow. BlueRidgeNow.
  10. "Hendersonville Outdoor School Records". Athletic Net. Athletic Net. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  11. HENSLEY, DEAN (March 8, 2013). "Hendersonville's Rivers headed to ACC school". Times-News. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  12. "NC State Track Roster". Go Pack. Go Pack. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  13. Reimagining Communication. Routledge. 2020. ISBN 978-1138498990. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  14. "Crosby, Rivers Named to CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Teams". GoPack. GoPack. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  15. "NC STATE TRACK & FIELD RECORD BOOK/HISTORY" (PDF). Go Pack. Go Pack. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  16. Hensley, Dean (February 22, 2019). "Former Bearcat Rivers earns ACC heptathlon title". Times-News. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  17. Bacherman, Jason (February 23, 2019). "Pack earns three individual titles at ACC Championships". Technician. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  18. Friedlander, Brett. "Olympic Postponement Impacts Wolfpack Hopefuls". SI. SI. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  19. Hensley, Dean (November 26, 2019). "Giving thanks to pursue a dream: Rivers gets sponsors". BlueRidgeNow. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Hensley, Dean (November 26, 2019). "Giving thanks to pursue a dream: Rivers gets sponsors". Times-News. Retrieved 6 April 2020.

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