“It was a dream season. The stars just aligned and we went undefeated and won,” he recalled.
After graduating from Champlain, Collin played for the McGill Redman where he was named Rookie of the Year in Quebec. The future was bright.
Then he tore his ACL and his athletic career came to an abrupt halt.
“I was riding really high,” he said. “But the first game of the season, I did a number on my leg. It was like an American movie storyline,” he joked.
Collin said he was always conscious of the fact that a career in sport wouldn’t last forever and felt it was important to have a plan B. At the time of his injury, he was pursuing an Education degree at McGill University and thought he would go on to become a teacher.
After he got hurt, Collin suddenly had a lot of free time without training, practices and games to prepare for.
“I decided to get involved in the community,” he said. Collin joined groups like the McGill Varsity Council, players’ associations, Friends of McGill Football and the McGill Alumni Association.
“That opened my views into working in the athlete community,” he said. His continued volunteer engagement won him a bursary from the Aleo foundation and helped him make connections with the team there.
While still a student, Collin began working with the foundation on a project to encourage Quebec’s top student athletes to keep their talents in the province. After graduation, he was hired to coordinate the bursary program – a perfect fit given his previous experience as an athlete and funding recipient.