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.