Generation Grit: Freak accident in a pool left him paralysed, but uni student graduates with top honours

Mr Alwyn Keng was paralysed from the waist down after a freak accident in his first year of university. Despite that, he did well in his studies and is now an analyst at HSBC Singapore.

An active student who loved sports, Mr Alwyn Keng saw his life dramatically altered after a freak swimming pool accident robbed him of the use of his legs in his freshman year. But Mr Keng returned to school and last year, graduated with top honours. He is now a bank analyst at HSBC. This is his story, the latest in a series on resilient millennials.

SINGAPORE - It was six weeks into his freshman year as a business student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2012 when he had the accident that would change his life.

Mr Alwyn Keng had turned up at one of the pools on campus to prepare for an inter-hall swim competition. Like so many times before, he jumped off the starting block and plunged into the pool.


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