Kurt Fearnley AO

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KURT FEARNLEY AO 

Three-time Paralymic gold medalist, one of Australia's most well known and respected athletes 

Kurt Fearnley is the winner of some of the world's most prestigious marathons, in London, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Kurt won the Paralympic men's wheelchair marathon in Athens in 2004 and retained his title in Beijing in 2008. In Athens, he also won gold over the 5000m on the track. He was recently able to finish a 20 year representative career with a dominant Gold Medal performance at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, whilst also receiving the honour of carrying the Australian Flag into the Closing Ceremony. 

In London in 2012, he picked up a bronze medal in the marathon and a silver on the track over 5000m. In Rio 2016, Kurt successfully made the podium for the fourth consecutive time time in both the 5000m and Marathon, winning bronze and silver, while serving as the Captain of the Australian Paralympic Team. In total, Kurt has 13 Paralympic medals spanning across five Games. He also a six-time world champion from 800m to the marathon. 

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 and 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. 

In 2005, Kurt was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia or OAM after winning a gold medal at the Athens Paralympic Games. In 2018, Kurt received an Officer of the Order of Australia or AO, and in 2019, was rewarded the New South Wales Australian of the Year. 

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