Travis is a corporal in the Australian army. He is a decorated veteran who lost his leg, and forearm in an IED attack in Afghanistan. He loves the Army and feels an intense bond to the brotherhood. Although he has retained a role, post his rehabilitation, he feels in limbo, not knowing if he is about to be transitioned out. This limbo leads to rebelliousness and depression. Travis has a big heart, and would do anything for his brothers and the Army family. Risk taker, charismatic.
Played by Paul de Gelder
Improvise. Adapt. Overcome. These three words – a mantra Paul learnt in the Australian Army as a young Paratrooper – resonated with him the first time he heard them. Paul chased adventure wherever he could find it, but trouble hunted him down in the form of a brutal shark in February 2009. Paul lost two limbs, and his career as a daredevil diver was flung into jeopardy but his inspiring story takes “never say die” to a whole new level. In the seven years since the shark attack, Paul’s life has changed in every aspect. Having left full time Navy service in August 2012, after continuing to instruct Navy Divers for a further 3.5 years, Paul has traveled the world as a top motivational speaker, passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to school kids.
Paul has been a guest on talk shows in Australia and the US, starred as a guest trainer on The Biggest Loser Australia and has co-hosted three documentaries for Discovery Channel’s 2014, 2015 & 2016 Shark Week.. Paul also became part of an anti-poaching team in Africa to hunt poachers and film the amazing work done by the rangers there for Fearless, which aired on National Geographic. Fighting Season sees Paul appearing in his first fictional character role.