Kurt Fearnley AO

  Man (Kurt Fearnley) using a wheelchair, has his arms crossed on his lap, smiling.

Kurt is one of Australia's most successful and respected athletes and advocates. His achievements as a Paralympic athlete, service to people with a disability, and fundraising efforts when it comes to Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations earned him an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018. In the same year he was named as NSW Australian of the Year and became the first athlete with disability to win the coveted ‘The Don’ Award as the Australian sports person most likely to inspire the nation.  He has also been awarded an Honoury Doctorate from Griffith University.  

Kurt is a man of many talents crossing business, media and sport. 

In business 

Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes himself to numerous national and Hunter-based charitable initiatives. He is board member of  Sport Australia, Australian Paralympic Committee, Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and member of  International Paralympic Committee's Athlete Advisory Council. In 2009 Kurt spent two weeks in Papua New Guinea crawling the 96-kilometre Kokoda Track raising awareness and funding for men's health charity Movember and beyond blue. 

In the media  

In recent times, Kurt has used his profile to host and present the stories of others.  He was the host of podcast A Nation Changed, which examines the NDIS scheme and its impact. He is also the host of ABC Television program One Plus One, speaking to Australians across the nation who have overcome barriers and made a real difference 

Kurt published his auto-biography, Pushing the Limits – life, marathons & Kokoda in 2016. 

In sport 

Kurt Fearnley is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist (Athens, 2004 and Beijing, 2008) and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallists (Delhi, 2010 and Gold Coast, 2018). He has won over 30 marathons in his careerKurt has Thirteen Paralympic medals spanning across 5 games. He's also a 6 times world champion from 800m to the marathon. Kurt finished a 20-year representative career with a dominant Gold Medal performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, also receiving the honour of carrying the Australian Flag into the Closing Ceremony. 

In 2012 Kurt was an active member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winning crew aboard Investec Loyal. 


Twitter: @KurtFearnley