[22] In 2010, Fearnley competed again in the New York marathon, which he came in third. Paralympics Australia Ltd. is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

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He participated in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. [9], In 2020 Fearnley started a media career, joining the Australian Broadcasting Corporation to host a long form television interview program Kurt Fearnley's One Plus One.[33]. Paralympic athlete Kurt Fearnley, born 23 March 1981, competes for in Athletics He left Doha immediately to compete in the New York Marathon where he finished fifth after crashing at the 12-mile mark. After setting a Commonwealth record in the marathon, Kurt became the first Para-athlete in history to carry the Australian flag into a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Kurt Harry Fearnley, AO (born 23 March 1981) is an Australian wheelchair racer, who has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games and 'crawled' the Kokoda Track.He has a congenital disorder called … After his retirement from Para-athletics, Kurt was named the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year. He was given the honour of the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. That could be your neighbour, your teacher or your child. As this year’s patron, I want to advocate for my community and increase awareness and understanding of people with disability. After leaving Blayney High School, he moved to Sydney to train and start a Bachelor of Human Movement degree. [23] He also won a gold medal at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games in the 1500 m T54 event.

Fearnley was born on 23 March 1981 in the New South Wales town of Cowra as the youngest of five children. Sometimes that role may just be to listen to the voices of people with disability themselves. ABN: 41 810 234 213, Physical Impairment – Lumbar sacral agenesis. Start a conversation about disability, remove barriers in your workplace, community or school or you can host an event. 2019 – Patron for International Day of People with Disability.

In 2018, Kurt capped his decorated career with gold in the men’s marathon T54 and silver in the men’s 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games. [17] In November 2009, Fearnley crawled the Kokoda Trail accompanied by family and friends in support of Movember and Beyond Blue. [8] He won his first athletics medal in the high jump. Fearnley indicated he will race in the wheelchair marathon at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and continue to race marathons on the international circuit. He focuses on long and middle-distance wheelchair races, and has also won medals in sprint relays. [3][4][5] He won a gold and silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and was the Australian flag bearer at the closing ceremony. Now come on, let’s grow inclusion for all of our community. We need to talk honestly about the barriers in society that prevent this and work together to break them down.”. "[4], At the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, England, Fearnley finished sixth in both the Men's 1500 m and 5000 m T54 events. [26] In November 2014, he won his fifth New York Marathon men's wheelchair event. Kids need to understand early that people with disability are impacted by barriers in society, like buildings without ramps, or people’s assumptions about what they can or can’t do. [10] He is 1.4 metres (4 ft 7 in) tall and weighs 50 kilograms (110 lb).

Kurt Fearnley, International Day of People with Disability patron for 2019, is a man who has achieved things most of us can only dream of.

We have the same rights to employment, respect, independence and equality as everyone else. Kurt began wheelchair racing when he was 14 years old. Kurt Fearnley. Artist Statement: I painted Kurt’s portrait for the Portrait Painters Hunter annual portrait exhibition. Eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

“What I most want to achieve as this years’ patron is for people to use International Day of People with Disability as a launching pad for further action,” he said. In Paralympic events he is classified in the T54 classification. When I think of my childhood and growing up in the bush, it feels like a story from the Fifties not the Eighties. [8] At the time of his birth, doctors did not believe he would live longer than a week. [15] He also represented his country in the demonstration sport of Men's 1500 m wheelchair, where he came 4th. The town had got together and raised $10,000 and they bought the chair and they ... paid for the trip and they said if he needs anything else you know we're going to make sure that he ... gets that opportunity. Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, Winning gold in the men’s marathon T54 at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. We all have a role to play in breaking down the barriers faced by people with disability. He went to the 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships in Birmingham, England and finished 7th in both the 400 m and 800 m T54 events. ACN: 061 547 957. And then I had Carcoar which is a town of 200 people every time I see them they were telling me I can do anything and I think if you have that enough, you're going to be determined.

Kurt Fearnley, International Day of People with Disability patron for 2019, is a man who has achieved things most of us can only dream of. 2018 – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to people with a disability, as a supporter of, and fundraiser for indigenous athletics and charitable organisations, and as a Paralympic athlete. He has represented Australia at five Paralympic Games, winning three …

In 1997, Fearnley was a member of the Western Region Academy of Sport[14] and by the 2000 Sydney Paralympics was representing Australia. [20], Fearnley is active in advocacy work, and has been an ambassador for the Don't DIS my ABILITY[21] campaign for four years.

This page was last edited on 7 September 2020, at 07:59. [32], Fearnley was coached by Andrew Dawes at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. the Australian Paralympic Team! Surrounded by an incredibly supportive family (Kurt … [11] Their first son, Harry, was born in 2013 with a second child, a daughter Emilia born in 2017. Born with a congenital disorder on March 23 rd 1981, Kurt Fearnley was not expected to live very long and stunned doctors by not only surviving but thriving in his hometown of Carcoar on the central western region of NSW. We don’t need to be ‘fixed’ and are not a problem. As 2019 patron of International Day of People with Disability, Kurt hopes to encourage Australians to take concrete action, to help make change in the lives of people with disability. In the same year his image was featured on the medal for the 2010 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. [25] However, he instead won a bronze medal in the Men's Marathon T54 and a silver medal in the Men's 5000 m T54. [8] He grew up in the small New South Wales town of Carcoar. But we still have a long way to go in breaking down barriers, ensuring people with disability can reach their full potential. After setting a Commonwealth record in the marathon, Kurt became the first …. [9], In early 2011 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, he won the marathon.

[8] At school, he took part in all sports including athletics and rugby league. Public Education Day 2020 “Not for the elite few, but for every child across Australia” Kurt Fearnley (three time Paralympic gold medalist and two time Commonwealth Games gold medallist), shares his … In 2018, Kurt capped his decorated career with gold in the men’s marathon T54 and silver in the men’s 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games.