A CHAMPION young boxer who fights for disability rights in and outside the ring is now leading his own fitness classes.

Rhys McCole, who has autism and has battled life-threatening health problems his whole life, is now working as a qualified personal trainer with gym qualifications.

The 20-year-old is hoping to pass on the secrets of his success to others as he joins the team at Inverclyde Leisure.

It is the latest achievement in a long list for inspirational Rhys, who is also an additional needs ambassador with Enable and regularly speaks up for disabled athletes and is a Tele community champion award winner too.

Former Notre Dame High pupils Rhys, who trains with Greenock Boxing Club, said: "It is a real passion for me to help people achieve physical fitness.

"It has saved my life and I believe it has helped me battle my health conditions.

"I don't know where I would be without it.

"I am absolutely loving taking the classes.

"It is another achievement for me as well."

Busy Rhys, who by day works as a modern apprentice with Inverclyde Council, is taking spin and kettlebell classes at Ravenscraig Activity Centre as he hopes to open the door to exercise for people of all levels of fitness.

The title winning boxer from Greenock's east end was born with holes in his heart and severe asthma, often spending spells in hospital growing up.

He also has Asperger's and dyslexia as well as other learning disabilities.

But he continues to to break down barriers as he battled against the odds for himself and others.

Rhys recently spoke out about the discrimination towards disabled sportspeople and vowed to use his profile to call it out.

He already has his sights set on adding another string to his bow.

Having added gym instructor and personal trainer to his CV, he is now taking up martial arts as well.