Lloyd tackles a new career

Lloyd is in the treatment room at the Scarlets rugby club, standing beside a massage table. On the wall in the background there is a Scarlets logo of a Welsh dragon and a quote from an exercise and nutrition expert which reads “Your body is your most priceless possession; you’ve got to take care of it.” – Jack Lalanne.

As Wales look to secure second place at the Six Nations Final this weekend, one Welsh rugby fan looking forward to the game is 22 year old Lloyd Davies from Pembroke. Lloyd grew up playing rugby and it was a dream come true for him to recently complete a work placement at the Scarlets rugby ground in Llanelli, Wales. However, it wasn’t quite the setting Lloyd would have imagined being in when he was a young lad…

 

Having been fully sighted his whole life, in December 2013, aged 20, Lloyd’s eyesight began to deteriorate and by April 2014 he was registered blind due to an inherited eye condition known as LHON (Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy). Lloyd joined us as a student at RNC (The Royal National College for the Blind) in September 2014 and is now a second year, studying Massage and Complementary Therapy.

 

So instead of being a star on the field, Lloyd’s work placement was more behind the scenes in the sports and physio department. Andy Walker, Head of Sports Medicine at Scarlets, said “Obviously sight loss limits certain things that you can do but sports massage is a very tactile area and we’ve been showing Lloyd practical things and his feeling around soft tissue is really good.” Lloyd was lucky to get a place at professional rugby club Scarlets, as Andy explains “We don’t really take a lot of work experience students on but it’s been a pleasure having Lloyd here, he’s been really engaged, asking a lot of pertinent questions and he’s fitted in well.”

 

Watch the video below to hear more about Lloyd’s journey and how his placement at Scarlets showed him that even with sight loss, it’s still possible for him to forge a career in and around the environment he grew up in;

 

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Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC