Zumba instructor’s dreams come true

Russ Welch has beaten the odds to become a qualitfied Zumba instructor

Russ Welch has beaten the odds to become a qualitfied Zumba instructor - Credit: Archant

Everyone has obstacles and challenges to deal with in life. But a Downham Market man has overcome the odds and is now a qualified instructor in a fitness craze based on dance routines to Latin music.

His classes in the town will begin later this month.

Russ Welch, 34, has 85pc hearing loss, battles with dyslexia, and in 2007 was diagnosed with a painful spinal condition named 'Ankylosing Spondylitis'.

On top of that, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer three years ago – which he has since managed to overcome. Mr Russ, of Windsor Street, a support worker, said: 'I was having a hard time but I still carried on. I told myself 'it's life'.

'I wanted to go to the gym to help my back but the doctor advised no heavy lifting. While there, I discovered Zumba.

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He added: 'Everyone was worried it could cause more damage, but the classes helped my confidence and also my flexibility.'

'My first instructor, Dominique Houghton, was an inspiration and encouraged me to qualify. I can't wait to lead my first class; it will be a dream come true.'

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Classes begin at The Sovereign Centre, Sovereign Way, at 7pm on July 27. To book your space, email rmmwelch13@hotmail.co.uk or text 07851 149526.

Do you know an inspirational person who wants to share their story? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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