Turning his attention to wheelchair sports in his teens, Kurt became a world beater. He started his career with two Silver medals at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic games, before making his winning breakthrough at the Athens Paralympics with Gold in the 5000m and marathon races.
Following the 2004 games, Kurt conquered the world, winning five world championships and more than 20 marathons around the globe, including 10 marathons in 2007 and three straight New York marathon titles. He solidified his standing as the Marathon Man of wheelchair sports by defending his Gold medal at the Beijing Paralympics and continues to dominate over a range of distances on both the track and road.
Kurt represents a number of organisations and is an ambassador of the Day of Difference Foundation and International Day of People with a Disability, and a board member of Australian Volunteers International. As a qualified Physical Education teacher, he travels throughout NSW teaching high-school children in small and large communities. Kurt’s exploits both in and out of sport recently saw him recognised as the 2009 New South Wales Young Australian of the Year.
In November 2009, Kurt planned to crawl the Kokoda Trail accompanied by family in support of Movember and Beyond Blue. He successfully completed the 96 kilometre journey in 11 days. 2011 saw him win the marathon at the IPC Athletics Championships in New Zealand and compete in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
In 2012 at the London Olympics, he won bronze in the Men's Marathon T54 and a silver in the Men's 5000m T54. Kurt competed in the violence-marred 2013 Boston marathon, taking fifth place in the wheelchair division, then in April 2013, he won the London Marathon.
• Determination in life
• Over-coming every obstacle
• Gold medalist at the Beijing Paralympics
It was a joy to have Kurt speak at Northeast Health’s Excellence Awards night . The large audience of over 250 staff and community members were captivated by his extraordinary story, and the impact of his messages will stay with us all into the future. Everyone needs to have the privilege of listening to this remarkable Australian.
Northeast Health Wangaratta
Feedback from audience who have seen a lot of speakers in their time was ‘best speaker they have heard ever!’
Kurt delivered an incredibly powerful and meaningful keynote at our annual Blackboard Teaching & Learning Conference. His presentation was a highlight for everyone. Our delegates were deeply moved by his story, and the feedback we have received was overwhelmingly positive. Kurt was very generous with his time and it was an absolute pleasure to meet him.
Accurate, concise and meaningful negotiations. Thanks!
Lord's Tavern Northern NSW
Association of Independent Schools NSW
Kurt was OUTSTANDING! The feedback we have received internally was overwhelmingly positive and the overall rating our opening session received from almost 200 delegates who responded was 9 out of 10. His story is truly amazing and he is an amazing man. This really added to our opening plenary session and provided people the motivation to engage them for a great week ahead of the conference. He is truly an inspiration…thank you for speaking at our conference, you are one in a million!