With over a decade of experience, Kurt Fearnley’s wheelchair racing career is as impressive as it is extensive. He has won the Sydney Marathon 11 times, the New York Marathon five times, and posted victories in Paris, London, Seoul and Chicago. He has also won three gold, seven silver and three bronze medals across five Paralympic Games. Born without the lower portion of his spine, Kurt took up wheelchair racing when he was 14-years-old. His indomitable spirit saw him go from pushing his wheelchair as fast as he could down the grass track at school athletics carnivals to pushing it the last five kilometres of the 2004 Paralympic marathon on a flat tyre to claim gold. Unfortunately, Kurt’s 2008 Paralympic campaign was not the one he had dreamt of, winning silver in the 800m and 5000m and bronze in the 1500m, before defending his title and pushing to gold in… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Lumbar sacral agenesis
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
March 23, 1981
Home
Newcastle, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
1995
First Competed for Australia
2000
Games Experience

Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Andrew Dawes

Career Highlights

Winning gold in the marathon at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 5000m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Marathon Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x400m relay Classification: T54