Army Airborne, Navy Bomb Disposal Diver, Shark Attack Survivor & TV Host
IMPROVISE...ADAPT…OVERCOME… These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul de Gelder chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his whirlwind lifestyle working in strip clubs & the music industry to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of the Australian Defense Forces as an Army paratrooper and then Navy bomb disposal diver. But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009 while diving for the Navy. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil diver was flung into jeopardy. Read More >
Embracing the Power of Change
Paul’s presentation isn’t a shark attack story nor is it a military story. It’s a journey of discovery and triumph that can relate to us all. It encapsulates aspects of our private, professional, mental and emotional strength and well being to make you understand how much we are truly capable of. Read More >
Paul takes his audience on an emotional rollercoaster of dizzying highs and tearful lows strengthening their resolve and reinforcing their belief in themselves that they can and should live their own impossible dreams. Read Less ^
"I have organized dozens of these meetings and can sincerely say: you are our most memorable speaker to date. Not only did you connect with the audience but I firmly believe you changed how many of us think. People were quoting you for the remainder of the week. Again, thank you. It was a sincere pleasure meeting you, learning from you and know I will highly recommend you to others who are looking to 'change the game.'"
"We received so much positive feedback from your inspiring presentation and many stated that this was the best keynote speaker in the history of CSDA. Your mantra to improvise, adapt and overcome mesmerized the convention attendees and many recounted changes they planned to make to their lives as a result. Your incredible story against overwhelming odds will be long remembered as you motivated attendees both personally and professionally."