Curtis McGrath OAM served in the Australian Army as a combat engineer for 6 years where he fought with honour in East Timor, Indonesia and Afghanistan. On August 23, 2012 Curtis was on patrol clearing landmines when he stepped on an improvised explosive device which detonated, taking both his legs and severely injuring his hand. Fuelled by adrenaline, Curtis incredibly remained lucid enough to coach his fellow soldiers through the emergency medical treatment he needed to stay alive.
Since losing his legs Curtis has not looked back. 18 months after this fateful day, Curtis was crowned World Champion at the 2014 Paracanoe World Championships in Russia. This paved his path to the Paralympics where in 2016, just over four years after nearly losing his life, he made history in becoming the first Australian to win a Paralympic Gold medal in the Paracanoe event in Brazil.
Recently crowned with two gold medals at the 2019 Canoe Sprint World Championships, Curtis continues to strive for excellence in his pursuit to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. He is an ambassador for the Invictus Games and is passionate about the healing power of sport. Join us to experience the amazing true story of a soldier turned athlete who found a life beyond the war zone.
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