Morgan Rises To Challenge

SAINTS Academy scholar Morgan Knowles has completed three significant challenges – all with the aim of raising funds to support what will be an experience of lifetime.

The 16-year-old, who recently played for Wales against England, started from Fell Foot at Newby Bridge at 8am and kayaked the length of Windermere – the longest lake in England.

He then hopped on a bike and cycled through Little Langdale, over Wrynose Pass and then up the steepest pass in England,  Hardnott, without stopping!

Once at the top after a quick change he set off to walk/run to the top of the highest peak in England, Scafell.

He’s raised more than £1,500 and the money is still coming in with the funds going towards Saints Academy’s Tour of Australia in October.

The players have been tasked with raising sponsorship and Morgan decided he didn’t just want to ask for money but actually take on an inspirational challenge that both stretched his physical ability and tested his mental strength.

His ‘triathlon took him nine-and-a-half hours – but the worst bit? Sitting in the cold running stream to ease his aching muscles.

And the day after he played his first game for Blackbrook Royals, scoring two tries and a few goals to the team progress to the semi-finals of the North West Counties Cup.

“This was an amazing effort from Morgan (and his dad), perfectly typifying the mental toughness and physical supremacy of Rugby League players,” said Saints Player Performance Manager Neil Kilshaw. “A big well done and thank you to all his supporters from everyone at the Saints.”

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