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Paul de Gelder Travels from Sydney, NSW


  • Achievements
  • After Dinner
  • Disability
  • Goal Setting
  • Inspirational
  • Military
  • Motivational
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Personal Development
  • Resilience


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 chased adventure wherever he could find it, from his wild ride as a hoodlum teen and his life on the edge, to hauling his way up to the elite echelons of Australia’s defence forces.

But trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil Navy Clearance Diver was flung into jeopardy.

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, and amazing the medical staff with his will to succeed. His inspiring story takes ‘never say die’ to a whole new level.

In the five 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 3.5 years, Paul has travelled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids.

He has spoken at venues all around the world, from the United Nations in New York and the US Navy in San Diego, to Anzac Day military celebrations in front of thousands, and keynotes for multimillion dollar corporations and charity organizations around Australia and New Zealand.

He has also been a guest on every major Australian TV talk show. Just recently, he starred as a guest trainer on the Biggest Loser Australia, and he will soon be co-hosting a program for Discovery Channel’s 2014 Shark Week…Great White Matrix.
An amazing man, an amazing story. Paul will simply inspire you.

Keynote Titles

  • Improvise Adapt Overcome
  • No time for fear



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