A band of soldiers injured in conflict are taking part in an epic ocean kayak paddle from Sydney to Brisbane stopping in at Coffs Harbour along the way.
A band of soldiers injured in conflict are taking part in an epic ocean kayak paddle from Sydney to Brisbane stopping in at Coffs Harbour along the way.

Band of brothers take to the seas for their mates

AN inspiring group of soldiers, who lives have been changed by defence force service are tackling the high seas on an epic kayak challenge that will include a stopover on the Coffs Coast.

Australian soldier Sapper Curtis McGrath, who lost his legs while clearing land mines in Afghanistan has been joined by 23 current and former Australian Defence Force personnel on a 1,000-kilometre paddle between Sydney and Brisbane.

Wounded Afghanistan soldier Curtis McGrath (centre) will be one of the Mates 4 Mates paddling up the coast.
Wounded Afghanistan soldier Curtis McGrath (centre) will be one of the Mates 4 Mates paddling up the coast.

The Mates4Mates kayak challenge will see the floatilla average up to 50-kilometres or 10 hours of paddling a day.

Funds raised by the event will be used to help wounded soldiers rebuild their lives.

Curtis McGrath (third from the left) pictured with his unit.
Curtis McGrath (third from the left) pictured with his unit.

Another kayaker Corporal Tyson Murray, returned from a Tour of Duty in Afghanistan suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after the patrol he was part of struck an improvised explosive device that killed two of his fellow soldiers.

"(Kayaking) is therapeutic," Tyson said.  

"Out on the water we just chew the fat and have a joke and that's what works for us."

Currently working their way up the coast the kayakers are expected to call into Coffs Harbour next week ahead of their expected arrival into Brisbane, weather pending, on November 9.


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