Kurt Fearnley is a three time Paralympic gold medalist and two time Commonwealth Games gold medalist. He has won over 30 marathons including New York, Chicago and London in a career spanning more than 20 years. In 2009 Kurt crawled the Kokoda track, in Papua New Guinea, to raise awareness for men’s health. Kurt was also a member of the winning Sydney to Hobart yacht crew, Investec Loyal, in 2012. He was New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019.
Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes himself to a number of national and Hunter-based charitable initiatives. He is a board member of the Australian Paralympic Committee, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Athlete Advisory Council. Kurt is a former board member of Australian Volunteers International and NSW Australia Day Council and was a founding member of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Advisory Council. His involvement at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games wasn’t limited to competing, having been a member of the formal bid team, Games Technical Committee and an official ambassador.
Kurt’s exploits both in and out of sport over many years have seen him recognised with a number of honours including 2019 NSW Australian of the Year, 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year and 2018 The Don winner as the Australian sports person most likely to inspire the nation. In 2018 Kurt was recognised as an Officer of the Australian Order, and received an Honourary Doctorate from Griffith University for his contribution to sport and disability advocacy.
The video below is about Kurt’s work with the Ruben Centre and the Kurt Fearnley Centre in Africa. It is well worth the watch.
And about growing up in Carcoar
And on competing