Kurt Fearnley is world-beater in and out of his racing wheelchair.

The three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist has won marathons all around the world, including the prestigious New York, London and Chicago marathons multiple times. His exploits are not confined to wheelchair racing having crawled the Kokoda track and sailing on a winning Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race crew.

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About Kurt

Raised in the small country town of Carcoar, Kurt Fearnley has always been determined. Being born without the lower portion of his spine has never held him back, from backyard games of football to crawling along the Great Wall of China, he always has a go.

Turning his attention to wheelchair sports in his teens, Kurt quickly became a world beater. He started his career with two Silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games, before making his winning breakthrough at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with Gold in the 5000m and marathon races. Following the 2004 games, Kurt conquered the world, winning seven world championships and more than 20 marathons around the globe, including 10 marathons in 2007 and three straight New York marathon titles. He solidified his standing as a Paralympic great by defending his Gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics and continues to excel over a range of distances on both the track and road. At the London 2012 games, Kurt won Silver on the track and again finished in the marathon reckoning with a Bronze medal result.

In 2009 Kurt crawled Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track and was a member of the 2012 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winning crew aboard Investec Loyal.

Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes himself to a number of national and Hunter-based charitable initiatives. He is a member of the Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, a board member of Australian Volunteers International and a Council Member of the NSW Australia Day Council. As a qualified Physical Education teacher, Kurt travels throughout NSW teaching high-school children in small and large communities. Kurt’s exploits both in and out of sport saw him recognised as the 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year.

Quick Facts

  • 54 marathons. 35 wins. 14 additional podium finishes
  • Marathon wins in 10 countries on five continents
  • Four-time Paralympian. Eleven medals. Three Gold
  • Seven-time World Champion
  • 2007 and 2009 Laureus World Sports Award Finalist
  • Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
  • 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year

Stats

  • Born: 23 March 1981, Cowra NSW Australia
  • Paralympic Classification: T54
  • Australian Records: 400m, 800m, 5000m, 10,000m (track and road), Half Marathon and Marathon
  • Paralympic Records: 5000m and Marathon

Results

Paralympic Games – 2012 London

  • Marathon – Bronze
  • 5000m – Silver
  • 1500m – 7th

World Championships - 2011 IPC World Championships, Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Marathon – Gold

Paralympic Games - 2008 Beijing

  • Marathon – Gold
  • 800m – Silver
  • 5000m – Silver
  • 1500m – Bronze

World Championships - 2007 IAAF World Championships, Osaka, Japan

  • 1500m Demonstration Race – Gold

World Championships - 2006 IPC World Championships, Assen, Netherlands

  • Marathon – Gold
  • 800m – Gold
  • 5000m – Gold
  • 1500m – Bronze

Paralympic Games - 2004 Athens

  • Marathon – Gold
  • 5000m – Gold
  • 4x100m Relay – Silver
  • 800m " 1500m – 4th

Olympic Games - 2004 Athens

  • 1500m Demonstration Race – 5th

Paralympic Games - 2000 Sydney

  • 800m – Silver
  • 4x100m – Silver
  • 1500m – 4th

Olympic Games - 2000 Sydney

  • 1500m Demonstration Race – 4th

Marathons

Victories

Paralympics (2004, 2008), World Championships (2006, 2011), New York USA (2006 – 2009), London UK (2009, 2013), Chicago USA (2007-2009, 2011), Los Angeles USA (2005, 2007), Seoul ROK (2006, 2007, 2009), Rome ITA (2007), Paris FRA (2007, 2009), Sydney AUS (2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Canberra AUS (2004), Treviso ITA (2007), George RSA (2007), Port Elizabeth RSA (2007).

Podiums

Boston (2nd – 2011, 2nd 2011), Oesingen (3rd - 2011), London (2nd – 2007, 2008), Seoul (2nd – 2008), New York (3rd – 2005, 2010, 2011, 2013), Los Angeles (3rd – 2005), Oita (2nd – 2006), Chicago (2013).

Road Race Wins

  • City 2 Surf, Sydney (2011, 2013)
  • Oz Day 10km, Sydney (2005-2013)
  • Peachtree 10km, Atlanta (2007, 2008)
  • Cedartown 5km, USA (2008)
  • Long Island 10km, New York (2004, 2006-2008)
  • Toronto Rolling Rampage 10km (2006, 2007)
  • Great North Run Half-Marathon, Newcastle UK (2006)
  • Tunnel 2km, Tyne, UK (2006)
  • 400 metres: 47.92 - Atlanta (USA), 30/06/07
  • 800 metres: 1.32.73 - Athens (GRE), 2004
  • 1500 metres: 2.58.24 - Atlanta (USA), 07/2006
  • 5000 metres: 9.54.99 - Atlanta (USA), 30/06/07
  • 10,000 metres: 21.24.36 - Ibach (SUI), 7/06/07
  • Half Marathon: 42.37 – Great North Run (UK), 2007
  • Marathon: 1:18.51 - Boston (USA), 18/04/11
  • Marathon: 1:22.01 - Seoul (KOR), 08/05/11

Events / Personal Bests

  • 400 metres: 47.92 - Atlanta (USA), 30/06/07
  • 800 metres: 1.32.73 - Athens (GRE), 2004
  • 1500 metres: 2.58.24 - Atlanta (USA), 07/2006
  • 5000 metres: 9.54.99 - Atlanta (USA), 30/06/07
  • 10,000 metres: 21.24.36 - Ibach (SUI), 7/06/07
  • Half Marathon: 42.37 – Great North Run (UK), 2007
  • Marathon: 1:18.51 - Boston (USA), 18/04/11
  • Marathon: 1:22.01 - Seoul (KOR), 08/05/11

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Contact

Please direct all enquires to michael@kurtfearnley.com.

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