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Michael triumphs through his setbacks

April 27, 2015

In 2008, aged just 17, Michael was struck down with an unknown virus that left him paralysed from the chest down and with a severe visual impairment.

Michael had to adjust to life in a wheelchair and in order to build up his upper body strength and general fitness joined YMCA Thames Gateway’s gym. Michael became a familiar face in the gym and recognising his true grit and determination, fitness staff recommended Michael for gym instructor training through InstructAbility, a bespoke programme designed to engage disabled people in the fitness industry.
Overcoming his physical limitations, Michael triumphed and qualified last year.  Discovering a passion for fitness, Michael is now determined to progress in this industry.