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Bolt backs Rugby League Cares

27th August 2013, 12:27

Bolt backs Rugby League Cares

Sprint legend helps promote chairty.

The fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, was training at Brunel University recently when he was caught by a 50 year-old working for the new Rugby League charity, Rugby League Cares.

Sean Mellor was staying at Brunel University for the Champion Schools Finals which took place over the Wembley weekend and was training in the University gym with colleague Anthony Atherton when they caught sight of a very recognisable figure.

“Anthony mentioned that one of the people on the indoor sprint lanes looked like Usain Bolt and I agreed that he did look a bit like him,” said Sean.

“But when he spoke and we saw him close up we realised it WAS him.”

“One of his training partners told us that there would be no problem with getting a photograph with him once he had finished training so I arranged for someone to bring me a Rugby League Cares t-shirt and got permission to invite him to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final.”

”All the Champion Schools finalists were staying at Brunel University and quite a few players had noticed that that he was in the gym.

“Some kids from Dowdales School in Barrow were invited in by Usain to get a ball signed so I went in with them.

“He was great with the kids and he knew about Rugby League, having been to matches in Australia and knew that Jamaica had a team.

“I told him about Rugby League Cares and he said was very happy to be photographed with the charity logo.

“Unfortunately he was unable to attend the final because of his training schedule. I am not sure who was buzzing more, me or the lads from Dowdales!”

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