Curtis McGrath: how the elite athlete found a life beyond the war zone

The Invictus Games ambassador was serving in Afghanistan when he lost both legs. But in sport he found a way to stave off PTSD and other mental health issues

It often gets forgotten amid the noise and glare of professional sport, but for the vast majority of people the appeal of chasing a bladder of air around a field, of slogging around a running track, of ploughing lanes in a pool, has little to do with winning. Few understand this better than Curtis McGrath.

It might seem contradictory to now point out that McGrath is an elite kayaker – a Paralympic and World Championship gold medallist, no less – but these accomplishments are pleasant byproducts of his first embracing sport merely as a means to rehabilitate himself, physically and mentally, after he nearly lost his life in 2012.

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