Standing at the top of a slide at a swimming pool, teenager Lech-Walensa Lo Tam suddenly felt something strange come over him.

"I just had a bad feeling about it - just something was wrong.''

It would be the last emotion the 15-year-old would feel seconds before crashing head-first into the shallow pool, breaking his neck and leaving him paralysed from the shoulders down.

The Year 11 Avondale College student, of Glen Eden, had set big goals for himself this year.


He wanted to gain his NCEA Level 1 and improve himself both physically and mentally. He was also quietly