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Paralympian Curtis McGrath discusses his new book at Brisbane SquareLibrary

November 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Paralympian Curtis McGrath discusses his new book at Brisbane Square Library on 12 November.

About Curtis

In 2012, Combat Engineer Curtis McGrath was serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan when, in the line of duty, he stepped on a land mine. Seriously injured but still conscious and aware he’d bleed out and die within minutes, Curtis, as the unit’s chief first-aid officer, directed his comrades to apply tourniquets and administer an IV and morphine. Then, as he was stretchered to a helicopter, fearing he would never see his family again, he joked that he planned to become a Paralympian.

Just months later, Curtis was up and walking on prosthetic legs, motivated by the opportunity to march with his unit in their welcome-home ceremony. Kayaking gave him a new sense of purpose and, in 2013, he and his father, Paul, paddled almost 900 kilometres from Sydney to Brisbane to raise funds for Mates4Mates, which supports current and former Defence Force members. A year later, Curtis captained the Australian team at the inaugural Invictus Games in London, founded by Prince Harry for wounded, injured or ill veterans. Then, within four years of his injury, Curtis won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Now a ten-time world champion gold medallist, Curtis recently stormed to victory at the Tokyo Paralympics to bring home two more Paralympic gold medals for Australia.

The RSL Queensland has announce Curtis McGrath as the official ambassador for its 2021 Remembrance Day campaign.

Curtis will be discussing his new book Blood, Sweat and Steel at the event.


Event details
  • Date: Friday 12 November
  • Time: 6-7pm
  • Location: Brisbane Square Library
  • Cost: free


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