Kurt Fearnley

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Kurt Fearnley is world-beater in and out of his racing wheelchair. The three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist has won marathons all around the world, including the prestigious New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. His exploits are not confined to wheelchair racing having crawled the Kokoda track and sailing on a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race crew.

Raised in the small country town of Carcoar, Kurt Fearnley has always been determined. Being born without the lower portion of his spine has never held him back, from backyard games of football to crawling along the Great Wall of China, he always has a go.

There were tears streaming down my face, but I drove myself on, screaming, ‘Who are you? Who are you?’ The words seemed to be coming from somewhere else, as if it was someone else ripping into me. And each time the answer that kept bouncing around my mind was just: ‘I am someone who will never stop. Someone who will never give up. Ever.’Kurt, after the New York marathon in 2011

Turning his attention to wheelchair sports in his teens, Kurt quickly became a world beater. He started his career with two Silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games, before making his winning breakthrough at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with Gold in the 5000m and marathon races. Following the 2004 games, Kurt conquered the world, winning seven world championships and more than 20 marathons around the globe, including 10 marathons in 2007 and three straight New York marathon titles. He solidified his standing as a Paralympic great by defending his Gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics and continues to excel over a range of distances on both the track and road. At the London 2012 games, Kurt won Silver on the track and again finished in the marathon reckoning with a Bronze medal result.

In 2009 Kurt crawled Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track and was a member of the 2012 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winning crew aboard Investec Loyal.

In addition to being a highly sought-after motivational and inspirational speaker, Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes himself to a number of national and Hunter-based charitable initiatives. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a board member of Australian Volunteers International and a Council Member of the NSW Australia Day Council. As a qualified Physical Education teacher, Kurt travels throughout NSW teaching high-school children in small and large communities. Kurt’s exploits both in and out of sport saw him recognised as the 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year.


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Kurt Fearnley OAM

  Travels from:
Sydney, Australia

  Contact:
1300 884 485+61295183944

  Specialty Areas:
Motivational Speakers, Inspirational Speakers, Sport Identities

  Date of Birth:
23 March 1981

  Place of Birth:
Cowra, Australia

  Affiliations:

  • NSW Australia Day Council
  • Australian Volunteers International
  • Oakley


  Awards:

  • Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2004 Medal of the Order of Australia
  • 2007 New South Wales Institute of Sport Athlete of the Year
  • 2007 Confederation of Australian Sport Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2007 New South Wales Sports Federation Athlete of the Year
  • 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year
  • Australian Records: 400m 800m 5000m 10000m (track and road) Half Marathon and Marathon
  • Paralympic Records: 5000m and Marathon
  • 2014 AIS Sport Performance Awards: Sport Personality of the Year


  Sports/Athletic Positions:

  • Paralympic Classification: T54


Book:
  • How a Boy From the Bush Conquered the World
  • Pushing The Limits


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