Bradford on Avon rower Morgan Fice-Noyes marked his World Championship debut in style by winning a gold medal in Belgrade.

The 20-year-old teamed up with Ed Fuller, Frankie Allen, Giedre Rakauskaite and cancer surviving coxswain Erin Kennedy to come home just under three seconds clear of USA in the PR3 mixed coxed four class.

The crew also earned a Paralympic quota place with their performances in Serbia and Fice-Noyes was pleased to see their preparations pay off after completing an unbeaten season.

Wiltshire Times: Morgan Fice-Noyes has won a World Championship rowing Gold Medal.Morgan Fice-Noyes has won a World Championship rowing Gold Medal. (Image: British Rowing)

“I’ve loved the experience,” he said. “The work we have put in as a team has really good over the last couple of months and we’re buzzing with the result.”

Morgan Fice-Noyes, a rising star at the Bradford on Avon Rowing Club, began his rowing career three years ago after his eyesight degenerated.

Rowing in the three seat he won also gold in the Para Rowing 3 Mixed Four category at the European Championships, held in Bled in Slovenia from May 25-28.

Morgan, in the 3 seat, began his rowing career at the Bradford Rowing Club a few years ago.

He was coached by a couple of club members until transferring to the Great Britain squad last year. They are now hopeful that Morgan will be racing at the Paris Olympics in 2024.

In January 2022, he was presented with a Rising Star of the Year regional award by British Rowing, covering the Wiltshire, Avon, Gloucester & Somerset (WAGS) region.

The Rising Star of the Year award is for young volunteers who have made an exceptional contribution to their sport and the wider community.

Morgan first visited Bradford on Avon Rowing Club in September 2020 never having been near or in a rowing boat.

But since September 2021, he has been studying for a Sports Performance degree at the University of Bath.

He’s now on the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme and has a dual academic and rowing university career ahead.

A BoA Rowing Club spokesperson said: “As a member at Bradford on Avon RC, Morgan will always have our 100 per cent support; we’re hugely proud of him.”

British Rowing is the governing body for the sport and is responsible for the development of rowing in England and the training and selection of rowers to represent Great Britain.

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