Speakers Profile - Kurt Fearnley


Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley OAM










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Regional New South Wales/ACT

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Kurt is one of Australia's most well known & respected athletes,

Winner of some of the worlds most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago & New York. The latter two, 4 & 5 times. He won the Paralympic men's wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. In Athens he also won gold over the 5000m on the track.

In London in 2012 he picked up a bronze medal in the marathon and a silver on the track over 5000m. In total Kurt has eleven Paralympic medals spanning across 4 games. He's also a 6 times world champion from 800m to the marathon. His marathon personal best is 1hour 18minutes & 51seconds set in Boston in 2011.

Off the racing circuit Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, taking line honours in 2011 on board the yacht Loyal. However he is most well known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.

Kurt is actively involved in various charities as a board member, patron & ambassador.

On the 22nd of January 2013 he was given the annual Australian honour of giving the 2013 Australia Day Address.


Quick Facts

58 marathons. 38 wins. 15 additional podium finishes.
Marathon wins in 10 countries on five continents.
Four-time Paralympian. Eleven medals. Three Gold
Six-time World Champion
2007 and 2009 Laureus World Sports Award Finalist
Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year
Recipient of Order of Australia Medal in 2004
Board member of Australian Volunteers International
Contributes as Patron, Ambassador or Volunteer for Wheelchair Sports NSW, St Jude's school Tanzania, Newcastle Children's Hospital, Humpty Dumpty Children's Charity, & more.