SHEFFIELDER Joshua Denney has overcome a tough childhood to win of a Lifetime Learner Achievement Award.
Joshua, aged 19, was recognised by training provider Lifetime for his learning and career success.
His parents divorced and when he was 10 he moved to Sardinia with his mother and new stepfather but had difficulties with his stepfather.
“So I ended up in this dangerous cycle of smoking, taking drugs, alcohol abuse, depression and self harming,” he said. “I had zero confidence and felt that my life was completely worthless.”
Aged just 13, Joshua lived rough and was eventually put into a foster home and given counselling. Two years ago he returned to England to live with his grandparents and re-established his relationship with his real dad, an ex-professional boxer.
He did work experience at the Sheffield Dragons Academy, a martial arts, dance and boxing centre in Woodhouse, where the manager was impressed enough to offer him a full-time job.