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 men’s marathon T54 at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games on a flat tyre to claim gold.

At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Kurt won silver in the men’s 800m and 5000m T54 and bronze in the men’s 1500m T54, before defending his title and …

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Date of birth
23 March 1981
Past Paralympic Games

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

Physical Impairment – Lumbar sacral agenesis
How acquired
Newcastle, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the men’s marathon T54 at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Andrew Dawes


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