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Kurt Fearnley to feature on Sydney River ferry

Legendary wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley is set to receive a moving tribute.

The Newcastle-based former Paralympian and disability advocate will have one of the new Sydney River class ferries named in his honour.

The ferries were delivered to the Port of Newcastle this week.

Fearnley is one of three River Class ferries to be named after Novocastrian identities.

He joins retired footballer and legendary Matilda’s captain Cheryl Salisbury and the late still-life and interior painter Margaret Olley to feature on the vessels.

Described as one of Australia’s greatest athletes, Fearnley has a string of achievements to his name.

Kurt Fearnley
Newcastle’s Kurt Fearnley in the lead-up to his final Commonwealth Games in 2018. Photo: Peter Stoop

In 2004, he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), while he was also a two-time finalist in the Laureus World Sports Awards, before being acknowledged with an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia).

He was recognised as NSW Australian of the Year in 2019.

Some of his other achievements include being a three-time Paralympic and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, crewing on the winning yacht during the Sydney to Hobart in 2011, and crawling the entire 96-kilometre length of the Kokoda Track to raise awareness of men’s health.

He has also won more than 40 marathons, including New York, Chicago and London. 

In November 2009, he published an autobiography ‘Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda‘ and, in 2014, he embarked on a media career that includes hosting the 2020 ‘Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One’ on ABC television, as well as a Tiny Island podcast.