/ 02 September 2021

Tokyo Paralympics: Curtis McGrath

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Each day of the Tokyo Paralympics, we’ll bring you a profile of an athlete you should know about, a sport that’s worth checking out, or achievements of the previous day. And today, it’s all about paddler and Invictus Games ambassador Curtis McGrath.

Curtis McGrath served in Afghanistan for 6 years, and his legs were amputated in 2012 after a landmine explosion. The 33yo started walking on prosthetic legs just 3 months on, and he promised himself that he would compete at the Paralympic Games when he recovered. Just months after taking up para-canoeing, McGrath claimed a gold medal at the 2014 Canoe Sprint World Championships and then at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He is favoured to win in Tokyo in both the K1 (kayak) and the V1 (canoe) races, and you can see him in action at 10.55am today.

Heading into day 9 of the Paralympic Games, Australia is 8th on the medal tally with 13 gold, 23 silver and 24 bronze.

Image source: Paralympics

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