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 when he recovered, he would represent his country at the Paralympic Games.
Mere months after starting in Para-canoe, Curt put the world on notice with a gold medal on debut at the 2014 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint World Championships in Moscow, Russia, and on high alert when he defended it the following year in Milan, Italy.
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 …Read More