With nearly two decades of experience under his belt, Kurt Fearnley’s wheelchair racing career is as impressive as it is extensive. He has represented Australia at five Paralympic Games, winning three gold, seven silver and three bronze medals, and was co-captain of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team alongside Para-table tennis player Danni Di Toro.

Kurt began wheelchair racing when he was 14 years old. His family and friends watched 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 on a flat tyre to win gold at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

In 2018, Kurt capped his decorated career with gold in the men’s marathon T54 and silver in the men’s 1500m T54 at the Commonwealth Games. After setting a Commonwealth record in the marathon, Kurt became the first …

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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


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 5000m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Marathon Classification: T54

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