Joshua’s a ‘true inspiration’

Fitness instructor Joshua Keaton-Denney.
Fitness instructor Joshua Keaton-Denney.

A NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Sheffield man who battled drugs, alcohol, self-harming and depression has been hailed a “true inspiration” after picking up a national achievement award.

Joshua Keaton-Denney, who was living on the streets of Italy at the age of 13, has now secured a job in a city gym. He was a co-winner in the Lifetime Learner Achievement Awards, which celebrate achievements through training provider Lifetime, at a ceremony in Coventry.

After Joshua’s parents divorced, he moved to Sardinia at the age of ten with his mother and new stepfather, but his life fell apart. “I had zero confidence and felt that my life was completely worthless.”

Two years ago he returned to England to live with his grandparents, re-established his relationship with his real dad, an ex-professional boxer, and gained a fitness instructor qualification with Lifetime. Now he is working at the Sheffield Dragons Academy in Woodhouse.

Lifetime chief executive Alex Khan said that with the support of family, friends and Lifetime, Joshua was now “a strong young man, driven to succeed in life and we have no doubt that he will achieve his lifelong dream of owning his own gym. A true inspiration to us all!”