Fiji Time: 4:47 AM on Wednesday 1 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Shark attack victim speaks out

Litia Vulaidausiga
Monday, August 25, 2014

SHARK attack survivors are not a common feature at business seminars, but it was with ease that Paul de Gelder commanded the attention of about 450 participants of the Certified Practising Accountants Congress in Nadi.

The Australian recounted in gory details the horror of the 2009 attack in Sydney Harbour, where he lost a chunk of his right leg and right forearm to a shark during a training exercise.

The limbs were eventually amputated and the navy clearance diver was forced to reconcile himself to the dramatic change.

"I had to figure out what I wanted; go military style and move on or go feel sorry for myself — the decision really came down to whether I wanted a good life or bad life," he said.

Now a motivational speaker across Australia, he spoke candidly about forcing himself to adapt to his situation after losing his limbs.

"I had to pick myself up, dust myself off and get on with my life — look at the things I still had in my life. Negativity will not help you achieve anything, it achieves nothing."

This is his third trip to Fiji, with previous travels including filming a documentary on swimming with sharks for 60 Minutes.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
JPY 59.956256.9562
GBP 0.30770.2997
EUR 0.43100.4190
CNY 3.03032.9303
NZD 0.71420.6812
AUD 0.63390.6089
USD 0.48690.4699

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 25th June 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Education shocker
  2. The discovery of illegal weapons in Fiji
  3. Bainimarama challenges Flying Fijians ahead of Rugby World Cup
  4. Club sold for $14k
  5. 'Fiji Hindi humour'
  6. School leaders 'stuck with ethnicity', minister reveals
  7. Long summer
  8. Singing it the way she wants
  9. Bridge closed
  10. Growth projection

Top Stories this Week

  1. Ryder in jail Monday (29 Jun)
  2. Nude pictures warning Monday (29 Jun)
  3. $3m road scam: 3 jailed, Liwaiono gets suspended sentence Wednesday (24 Jun)
  4. Corruption claims Wednesday (24 Jun)
  5. Jail terms for trio Thursday (25 Jun)
  6. Toxic cassava Monday (29 Jun)
  7. Students robbed Wednesday (24 Jun)
  8. Insufficient funds Wednesday (24 Jun)
  9. Education shocker Tuesday (30 Jun)
  10. Botia sets his target to book a RWC spot Thursday (25 Jun)