Lloyd Edward Collier
I was born in Cardiff, Wales and raised in a small Welsh town called Pontyclun. After attending Pendoylan Primary School, I completed my secondary education at Cowbridge Comprehensive School. At school, I loved sport. Being welsh, Rugby Union was my first love, closely followed by cricket, golf and cycling. In my spare time I would regularly spend the long British summer days, cycling through the Welsh countryside and always dreamed of cycling around the world one day. To cycle around the world is an amazing opportunity but to do it with one of my best mates is a dream come true….
After completing secondary school, I attended Birmingham Medical School in the UK and graduated as a doctor in 2013. I completed my Foundation Years at Hereford County Hospital before emigrating to Townsville, Australia in 2015. Shortly after arriving in Australia, I took up a post as an Emergency Medicine Registrar in Training based at The Townsville Hospital Emergency Department.
Through mixing rugby and work, I was honoured to represent the indigenous community of Palm Island in the Coral Sea, North Queensland, playing Rugby League. The highlight of my time in Australia to date, came whilst working at the Medical Centre on Palm Island, the Joyce Palmer Health Service. During this time, I represented the Palm Island Rugby League team, The Barracudas, in 2 separate, indigenous All Blacks competitions.
I feel extremely privileged to be part of the North Queensland Community. I am currently undertaking a placement in Hyperbaric and Scuba Diving Medicine at the Hyperbaric Unit in Townsville.
Whilst growing up, my hero was my Uncle Alun. I was very close to him and he was an enormous presence in my life. Alun was confined to a wheelchair following a spinal injury at the age of 29 and sadly passed away in March 2018. Despite being confined to a wheelchair, nothing stood in his way and he mastered many skills including the ability to water ski.
Alun was, and remains, my inspiration in life and he has inspired me to cycle around the world for Spinal Research.