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Kurt Fearnley is a world champion wheelchair athlete with a can do attitude that makes the impossible possible. His infectious energy and passion for life inspires and motivates audiences across age groups and industries. In 2010 Kurt Fearnley competed in his fifth consecutive New York marathon. Having claimed four consecutive wins, this time round he came in third.

An impressive, yet personally disappointing result, it topped off a year in which Kurt won gold at the Commonwealth games in Delhi and a sixth Sydney.

In 2009, his achievements included his fourth New York Marathon title, his third consecutive win in the Chicago Marathon and victories in Seoul, Paris, London, and Sydney. As if that were not enough, Kurt's most grueling challenge for the year was to crawl theKakoda Trail. He took on this last challenge for 2009 to raise awareness of mens' health issues.

Kurt Fearnley was born without the lower portion of his spine, yet despite this, he's always been willing to have a go at everything.

The youngest of five children from the small western NSW town of Carcoar, sport was always a big part of his family's life. Ignoring his disability, he happily played in everything against his able-bodied brothers and mates.

With an indomitable spirit, Kurt took up wheelchair racing when he was 14. From pushing his everyday wheelchair as fast as he could down the grass track at school athletics carnivals to pushing his chair the last five kilometres on a flat tyre at the Athens Paralympics, he went on to win gold in the toughest marathon in Paralympic history. His determination and never-say-die attitude have rewarded him with the highest accolades in disability sport.

In 2010 Kurt was immortalized with his image featured on the medals for the 2010 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

The facts about Kurt Fearnley:

- 38 marathons. 28 wins. Eight additional podium finishes
- Marathon wins in 10 countries on five continents.
- Three-time Paralympian. Nine medals. Three Gold
- Five-time World Champion
- 2007 and 2009 Laureus World Sports Award Finalist
- Commonwealth Athlete of the Year with a Disability
- 2009 NSW Young Australian of the Year
- Ambassador - Day of Difference Foundation
- Ambassador - International Day of People with a Disability
- 3rd-New York marathon Nov '10
- 1st - Sydney Marathon, September '10
- Gold-1500m Delhi Commonwealth Games
- Gold-IPC World Championships Marathon, Christchurch Jan '11
- 1st-Oz Day 10km, Sydney Jan '11

Former Wallaby, acclaimed author, broadcaster and raconteur. Highly intelligent and absolutely focused, Peter draws on his own stories as well as those of many international leaders of business, government and sport to tailor and deliver presentations that inspire and entertain.

Michael Kirby was, until February 2009, one of the seven justices the High Court of Australia. Renowned for his insight and warmth, Michael shared with over 300 GV BRaIN guests his life experiences and knowledge of the Australian judicial system.