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Paul  de Gelder

Paul de Gelder

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 >

Drawing on everything his eventful life had taught him, Paul left nothing to chance in his recovery. He fought through excruciating pain, smashing challenge after challenge whilst amazing the medical staff and the Australian public with his will to succeed. His inspiring story as detailed in his autobiography No Time for Fear takes the saying “never say die” to a whole new level.  In the eight years since the shark attack, Paul's life has changed in every aspect. Having left full time Navy Service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further three and a half years, Paul has travelled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids. He has spoken at venues across the globe, from the United Nations in New York and the US Navy in San Diego to Military celebrations in front of thousands and keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia and S.E Asia.

 He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show and many in the U.S. He starred as a guest trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia, and has co-hosted 7 documentaries for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. Paul also became part of an anti-poaching team in Africa to hunt poachers and film the amazing work done by the Rangers there for FEARLESS, aired on NatGeo. Paul has been touted as one of the top 15 inspirational Australians and top 10 speakers and now based between Sydney & Los Angeles he is preparing to film yet more documentaries and completed an acting role for a 6-part mini-series for FOXTEL. Read Less ^

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Embracing the Power of Change

Speech Topics

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 ^

The Strength of the Team

Why Everyone Wants You Happy

Improvise, Adapt & Overcome

Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

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