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 …Read More