Curtis McGrath OAM
Curtis McGrath OAM has served in the Australian Army as a combat engineer for 6 years where he served with honour in East Timor, Indonesia and Afghanistan.
During a patrol on 23 August 2012 Curtis stepped right on an improvised explosive device (IED) which detonated and took both his legs. Only 20min after the explosion, Curtis famously said “you will see me in the Paralympics”.
Since losing his legs Curtis has not looked back. 18 months after this fateful day Curtis was crowned World Champion at the World Sprint Canoe Championships in Moscow, Russia. This had started his path to the Paralympics.
In 2016, just over 4 years after losing his legs, Curtis true to his word, not only made it to the Paralympics but made history in becoming the first Australian to win a Paralympic Gold medal in the Paracanoe event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As well as his sport, Curtis is an ambassador for the 2018 Invictus Games in Sydney and a proud Ambassador of Mates4Mates. He is passionate in telling people how sport has been his vehicle for success and had such a positive effect on his life and rehabilitation.
"I am involved with Mates4Mates because I know first hand how important it is to have support around you when you are trying to heal, whether it be physical or mental healing."