Generation Grit

Wrestler grabs hold of life after troubled past

National wrestler Danielle Lim was just 17 when she plucked up the courage to call the police after her elder brother came home with drugs. Things at home and school were difficult but a remark from a teacher helped turn her life around.

Ms Danielle Lim, who has won six medals in wrestling competitions overseas, was once consistently at the bottom of her cohort in secondary school. She managed to turn things around thanks to her teachers' help and is now a student at the Singapore In
Ms Danielle Lim, who has won six medals in wrestling competitions overseas, was once consistently at the bottom of her cohort in secondary school. She managed to turn things around thanks to her teachers' help and is now a student at the Singapore Institute of Technology. She hopes to represent Singapore at the SEA Games and Asian Games, as well as, one day, the Olympic Games.ST PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

He was constantly stealing from his family members, be it a cellphone, a laptop or even hard-earned savings, and then one day he brought drugs home.

That was the last straw for national wrestler Danielle Lim, who finally plucked up the courage to report her elder brother to the police five years ago. Ms Lim, 22, said: "My younger sister, who was 12 then, was at home and I didn't want her to see him taking drugs."

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2020, with the headline 'Wrestler grabs hold of life after troubled past'. Print Edition | Subscribe