[32], Fearnley was coached by Andrew Dawes at the New South Wales Institute of Sport. 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. In the same year his image was featured on the medal for the 2010 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. Help give them the best chance to win gold. As this year’s patron, I want to advocate for my community and increase awareness and understanding 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. [8] At the time of his birth, doctors did not believe he would live longer than a week. [15], On 30 September 2009, Fearnley conducted a training climb of Sydney's Centrepoint Tower's 1,504 fire stairs in 20 minutes, taking them two at a time. After leaving Blayney High School, he moved to Sydney to train and start a Bachelor of Human Movement degree. 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. Start a conversation about disability, remove barriers in your workplace, community or school or you can host an event. Head Office Address: Building A, 1 Herb Elliott Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW, Australia, 2127. 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. Or visit the Job Access website to find out how you can be a successful employer of people with disability. [27], At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, he finished fourth in the Men's 5000 m T54 and did not progress to the final of the Men's 1500 m T54. Kurt has won three Paralympic gold medals, two … Artist Statement: I painted Kurt’s portrait for the Portrait Painters Hunter annual portrait exhibition. When I think of my childhood and growing up in the bush, it feels like a story from the Fifties not the Eighties. [31], At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Fearnley won the gold medal in the Men's Marathon T54 and silver in the Men's 1500 T54. 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. That could be your neighbour, your teacher or your child. ACN: 061 547 957. [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. We all have a role to play in breaking down the barriers faced by people with disability. After his retirement from Para-athletics, Kurt was named the 2019 NSW Australian of the Year. Official cheer squad of He participated in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. [7][6] He was born with sacral agenesis; he is missing certain parts of his lower spine and all of his sacrum. He became the first Paralympian to receive the Sport Australia Hall of Fame’s prestigious The Don award, and is a member of Paralympics Australia’s Board of Directors. Kurt Fearnley. With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Kurt Fearnley’s wheelchair racing career is as impressive as it is extensive. [9], In early 2011 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, he won the marathon. Surrounded by an incredibly supportive family (Kurt … [2] At the 2006 IPC Athletics World Championships in Assen, Netherlands, he won three gold medals and one bronze medal. He has represented Australia at five Paralympic Games, winning three gold, seven silver and three bronze medals, and was co-captain of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team alongside Para-table tennis player Danni Di Toro. [18] He completed the 96-kilometre (60 mi) journey[19] in 10 days. Fearnley was born on 23 March 1981 in the New South Wales town of Cowra as the youngest of five children. But we still have a long way to go in breaking down barriers, ensuring people with disability can reach their full potential. Kurt Fearnley's sensational Australia Day Address ... they took me home and I took up my place as the shortest member of the Fearnley family. 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. He has a congenital disorder called sacral agenesis which prevented fetal development of certain parts of his lower spine and all of his sacrum. Eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office. [11] Their first son, Harry, was born in 2013 with a second child, a daughter Emilia born in 2017. I met Kurt while I was working as early childhood art educator at The Rumpus Room Childcare Centre. 2019 – Kurt Fearnley Scholarship established by. [22] In 2010, Fearnley competed again in the New York marathon, which he came in third. [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]. We have the same rights to employment, respect, independence and equality as everyone else. Fearnley extensive experience in disability sport had led him to be appointed to several boards. Fearnley and Rosconi met while studying at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales. This page was last edited on 7 September 2020, at 07:59. Following this he won two gold medals in the 5000 m T54 and marathon T54 events at the 2004 Athens Paralympics,[15] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia. We need to talk honestly about the barriers in society that prevent this and work together to break them down.”. Kurt is also a proud husband and father, teacher, public speaker, an Officer of the Order of Australia, and was recently named New South Wales Australian of the Year for 2019. 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Kurt began wheelchair racing when he was 14 years old. To find out how your school can get involved, visit the website. Paralympics Australia Ltd. is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). He was given the honour of the flag bearer at the closing ceremony. [10], In 2010, Fearnley married Sheridan Rosconi at Glenrock Lagoon. [6][8] He took up wheelchair racing at the age of 14 and took it to an elite level at the age of 17. [16] In 2009, he won his fourth New York City Marathon title, his third consecutive title in the Chicago Marathon and victories in Seoul, Paris, London and Sydney. [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. In Paralympic events he is classified in the T54 classification. Sometimes that role may just be to listen to the voices of people with disability themselves. He was also a 2010 International Day of People with Disability Ambassador. “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. Now come on, let’s grow inclusion for all of our community. I had my Mum and Dad and my four other brothers and sisters sitting around me constantly telling me I can do anything. "[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. “People with disability are entitled to the same respect, independence and choice as others. [15], Fearnley won a bronze medal in the 1500 m T54 at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games; he had been fighting a virus in the days before the event. [8] At school, he took part in all sports including athletics and rugby league. 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 … [28][29] On Australia Day 2016, he won the Oz Day 10K Wheelchair Road Race for the tenth time joining Louise Sauvage as a ten-time winner of this prestigious wheelchair road race. [12], In 2014, his autobiography Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda was published.[13].