It’s our nation’s top gong – Australian of the Year.
Now Kurt Fearnley is a contender – having beat fellow Novocastrians, Mark Hughes and Joanne McCarthy, to the New South Wales title.
He’s won sporting gold – and inspired many – but this latest honour took the Paralympian and disability advocate by surprise.
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Three-time Paralympic gold medallist, and Novocastrian Kurt Fearnley AO can now add another achievement to his name – the 2019 New South Wales Australian of the Year.
The 37-year-old retired from international wheelchair racing this year, receiving his latest honour at an award ceremony in Sydney overnight.
Fearnley was born without part of his spine and has championed the rights of people with disability.
Newcastle Herald journalist, Joanne McCarthy and brain cancer research advocate Mark Hughes were among the other finalists.