Paul De Gelder, a shark attack victim and double amputee (arm & leg), from Australia was attacked in 2009 during a routine Navy diving exercise.
Bethany and her dad, Tom, met up with Paul in Manly, Australia earlier this year. Tom & Bethany were able to catch up with Paul on his way to the Wounded Warrior Games, while she was there for a pro surf competition in Manly. He has written a book “No Time for Fear,” which Tom says he read in four days. Bethany mentioned she enjoyed it too (though she skipped the details & photos of his attack). Tom says Paul is a “very fit guy” has an “extremely confident attitude, and is fun to be around.”
Paul returned to the water to surf in 2010. ”I love being in the water. I wasn’t going to let the shark attack keep me out of the water,” said Mr De Gelder, who recently returned from New York where he and other shark attack victims lobbied the United Nations to curtail fishing practices that threaten sharks with extinction.
He’s now back to work as a Navy diver & instructor and has become a top motivational speaker and mentor to schoolkids across Australia.