Congratulations to Teachers Health Fund Ambassador, Kurt Fearnley!
Teachers Health Fund would like to congratulate our Ambassador, Kurt Fearnley OAM on a successful Rio Paralympic Games campaign, which signals the end of his illustrious Paralympic career.
Kurt is one of Australia’s most respected wheelchair athletes, having represented Australia at the Paralympic Games, World Championships, Commonwealth Games and winning some of the world’s most prestigious marathons.
His success on the track is evident through his remarkable medal haul during his Paralympic career spanning 16 years and five Games – winning three gold medals, seven silver and three bronze.
In Rio he added two medals to this total, bronze in the Men’s 5000m – T54 and silver in his final race, the Men’s Marathon – T54. In a hard fought battle, Kurt came in close second behind Swiss athlete Marcel Hug. Kurt commented, “I’m stoked to bring home silver, behind a deserving winner. I gave it my all and left nothing out there.” Kurt also achieved a fifth place in the Men’s 1500m – T54 final in a busy Paralympic campaign.
While this may be the last time we see Kurt racing at the Paralympics, his involvement will continue following the announcement at the Rio Closing Ceremony that he has been elected to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council – the voice of Paralympic athletes.
It won’t be the last time we’ll see him on the track either with Kurt hoping to compete at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and racing marathons for as long as his body can.
It’s that determination that has brought him so much success in not only wheelchair sports, but in other aspects of his life as well. Crawling the 96km Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea and sailing in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race are among his greatest achievements.
Kurt is a passionate disability advocate and devotes his time to a number of charitable initiatives nationally and regionally. Teachers Health Fund is proud to count Kurt as an ambassador.
For more information on Kurt, visit kurtfearnley.com