Each and every day he inspires the lives that he touches – his paddling leaving observers amazed, while serving as a personal means for recovery and healing.

Curtis McGrath paddled to a fifth career world title at the ICF Paracanoe World Championships on August 23, exactly five years to the day after losing both his legs while on a mission for the Australian Army in Afghanistan.

“To get to do something I love is really cool and that’s because of that day,” McGrath told C&K during an exclusive interview at the championships. “It’s not a day I’ll forget, definitely one I’ll keep in my mind, but also not so significantly in a way.”

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