Paralympic Cyclist Airlifted after Head Injury

Silver medal Paralympic cyclist Bryce Lindores was rescued by CareFlight in 2004.

Just six days before his 18th birthday, Bryce and his friends were celebrating the end of their exams at a mate’s acreage property.

 “I was sitting in the back of a ute as we towed a car back to the house,” he said.

“One of the tow ropes snapped, causing a piece of the shackle to hit me in the face at high speed, imbedding in my eye."

Bryce’s friends called an ambulance and RACQ CareFlight Rescue was urgently tasked. In an unusual twist, Dr Allan MacKillop, the father of one of Bryce’s friends on the scene that day, was the doctor working on the helicopter.

 “Bryce had suffered a severe head injury,” Dr MacKillop said.

“He was bleeding profusely, so we placed him in an induced coma.”

Bryce spent four weeks in the Royal Brisbane Hospital where he underwent numerous neurosurgical procedures.

“The doctors told me I was completely blind in both eyes. It wasn’t good news, but I knew I just had to learn to live with it,” he said.

Two years after the accident a neighbour, who was heavily involved in cycling, suggested Bryce try riding on a tandem bike with an able-bodied partner.

After six months, he received a phone call from Athletes with Disabilities, asking if he would like to try cycling in a velodrome.

Bryce and his riding partner qualified for the 2006 World Championships in Switzerland where they finished third. This was only the beginning of Bryce’s illustrious career. He scored a bronze medal at the Beijing Paralympic Games as well as silver at the London Paralympic Games.

Despite his success, Bryce is still grateful to the RACQ CareFlight crew for coming to his aid that day. 

 “CareFlight is a great organisation that is very much needed in the community. CareFlight was great – getting to me quickly when I really needed help,” Bryce said.