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Kurt Fearnley Travels from Newcastle, NSW


  • Achievements
  • Disability
  • Inspirational
  • Paralympian
  • Sport
  • Success

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

Winner of some of the world’s most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Chicago & New York. The latter two, 5 times. He won the Paralympic men's wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. With marathon podium finishes in London 2012 & Rio 2016 cementing 4 consecutive Paralympic Marathon medals.

In his Rio campaign Kurt had the honour of serving as the Captain of the Australian Paralympic Team. In total Kurt has Thirteen Paralympic medals spanning across 5 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. In 2016 Kurt was elected by his peers to be one of six Summer Paralympic Athletes to serve on the International Paralympic Committee's Athletes Commission. 

He was given the annual Australian honour of giving the 2013 Australia Day Address. 

Kurt retired having won Gold at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, and was the flag bearer for the closing ceremony. 

Keynote Titles

  • Overcoming Barriers


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