Ferry named in honour of Kurt Fearnley

Athlete and public education graduate Kurt Fearnley has received a new honour, writes Grant Hatch.

World class wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley has been honoured by having one of the new Sydney River class ferries named in his honour.

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

As a graduate of Carcoar Public School and Blayney High School, where he graduated with the HSC and was school captain, Mr Fearnley continues to be an inspiration to many across Western NSW.

Last week, he featured in the Every Student Podcast with Secretary Mark Scott to mark the International Day of People With Disability.

He praised the role public education plays in the lives of young people with disabilities from the perspective of a public student, teacher and (now) parent.

Kurt Fearnley has been described as one of Australia's greatest athletes.

Recognised with an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia), Mr Fearnley has won gold medals representing Australia in multiple Paralympics as well as a wealth of sports accolades on and off the track.

In November 2009 he conquered the infamous Kokoda Track, published an autobiography 'Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda' in 2014 and this year embarked on a media career hosting 'Kurt Fearnley's One Plus One' on ABC television.

Hear more of Kurt Fearnley's story and the impact public education had in his life on the Every Student Podcast.

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