‘It’s been a hell of a day’: Kurt Fearnley named NSW Australian of the Year
Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley says he’s “extremely proud” after being crowned NSW Australian of the Year.
Australia’s most famous wheelchair racer received the honour today, telling Ben Fordham the title is a little daunting.
“I’m extremely proud mate, I’m a proud Aussie all the time.
“I’m a little daunted by it, a little surprised.
“To be named NSW Australian of the Year… it’s been a hell of a day.”
The 37-year-old retired from wheelchair racing this year after winning gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men’s marathon.
He says that moment is up there as his proudest achievement.
“Winning the gold with my family there with me… within a minute I had my wife next to me, my six-month-old in one arm, my four-year-old in another, it’s as close to a perfect moment as you’re ever going to get.
“My kids may never remember it, but I’ll never forget that.”
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Fearnley has acknowledged those who contributed to his career, saying he’s been surrounded by support every step of the way.
“I had people bombard me with the idea that I had to be a part of the community, that I was strong and valued and powerful.
“I am a culmination of people just investing belief in me.
“That’s why I feel I’m grafteul.”