Curt McGrath was serving as an Australian Army combat engineer in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device and lost his right leg above the knee and left leg below the knee. He was fighting shock, blood loss and excruciating pain, but Curt made a vow then that he would next represent his country at the Paralympic Games.

Just nine months after starting in Para-canoe, Curt made his international debut at the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia. He won gold on debut, almost two years to the day after losing his legs, and the world was put on notice.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Curt went head-to-head with six-time world champion Markus Swoboda (AUT). Although Markus took an early lead, Curt dug deep, closed the gap, then pulled ahead, earning Australia’s first gold medal in Para-canoe at the Paralympic Games and …

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Date of birth
31 March 1988
Sport
Para-canoe
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right above-knee and left below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Improvised explosive device explosion
Residence
Varsity Lakes, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2013
First competed for Australia
2014
Sport career highlights

Winning a world title at the 2014 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia, almost two years to the day after losing his legs

Greatest sporting moments

The All Blacks winning the 2011 Rugby World Cup

Heroes/role models

Richie McCaw

Favourite quote
Be humble. You could be wrong.

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: Kayak Classification: KL2

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