Never Ever Give up

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.  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.


  1. a true warrior,tremendous example of courage,passion and love of living each day to the fullest.respect

  2. WOW this is truly inspirational! After seeing such passion and perseverence it really makes you think about how there are truly no limits to what can be accomplished. Thanks for sharing

  3. The courage and resiliency of this man remind me of a great quote by Philip K. Dick:

    “I mean, after all; you have to consider we’re only made out of dust. That’s admittedly not much to go on and we shouldn’t forget that. But even considering, I mean it’s a sort of bad beginning, we’re not doing too bad. So I personally have faith that even in this lousy situation we’re faced with we can make it. You get me?”

    Thanks for the link.

  4. what a legend, he just competed in a race up the centre point tower (tallest building in sydney) i wish i was as mentally strong as him.

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