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Paul Warren demonstrated courageous attitude and extensive determination when he lost one of his legs after an improvised explosive device detonated whilst he was based in Afghanistan. The young soldier’s life would be forever changed in that moment.

A former Muay Thai kick-boxing Champion, Paul was used to the physical punishment, but nothing could prepare him for what he faced when he joined the Australian Army.

In July 2009, a mere one month after arriving in Afghanistan, Paul Warren encountered an IED which tore off his right leg and instantly killed his friend, Private Ben Ranaudo. Quick thinking from his mates stabilized him and took him to a helicopter, where he was flown to Germany before returning to Brisbane for surgery. His partner Dee, who he had only met 4 months before deployment, flew to Brisbane to be by his side and continues to support him to this day.

When he returned to Australia after being injured in Afghanistan, Paul was left with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suffered from suicidal thoughts. Guilt and grief overcame him as he dealt with both the loss of his good friend and his lengthy recovery process.

Paul draws on his previous experiences to both inspire and motivate individuals. His presentations demonstrate his courage, determination and mental strength. His story leaves audience members moved and driven to keep pushing themselves to their limit. In 2015, he published his autobiography, “The Fighter”.

“The Dust of Uruzgan” song covered by Lee Kernaghan as featured on Spirit of the Anzacs details Paul’s story. As well as being a well-sought after corporate speaker, Paul continues to work with Wounded, injured and ill soldiers in Townsville delivering Resilience presentations and developing adaptive sports programs used for rehabilitation. Paul has been involved with the NQ Cowboys over the past few years as a speaker on induction week.

Paul was the Captain of the Australian Invictus Games Team which competed in Orlando, US in May 2016.


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Paul Warren

  Travels from:
Brisbane, Australia

  Contact:
1300 884 485+61295183944

  Specialty Areas:
Motivational Speakers, Sport Identities, Speakers

  Affiliations:

  • Australian Army
  • World Invictus Games



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