On an early February morning in 2009, Australian Navy Diver Paul de Gelder was mauled by a bull shark while performing a training exercise near the Australian naval base at Garden Island. The brutal attack nearly cost Paul his life.Â Both his right hand and leg were amputated.
Yet despite such terrible circumstances, Paul refused to give up. In an interview shortly after the attack, he made the following statement:
“I just try to go about my normal life. Training a lot is what I do, and I’m not going to let this get in the way of what I did before. You gotta look at the good things in your life and hold them close to your heart.”
The video below highlights Paul’s progress just 12 months after the attack. The words Never Ever Give Up appear in the final scene. I couldn’t think of a better way to describe Paul’s resiliency. His ability to bounce is beyond amazing.