Pushing the Limits: Life, Marathons & Kokoda
When Kurt Fearnley was a kid, he would leave his wheelechair at the front gate and go exploring with his brothers and sisters. ‘You’re going to have to be stronger than we are,’ they told him, ‘and we know you will be.’
The boy from Carcoar was raised to believe he could do anything. At fifteen, he won his first medal. Then he conquered the world, winning three Paralympic gold medals, seven world championships and more than 35 marathons.
A world-beater in and out of his wheelchair, Kurt is a true Australian champion. Inspiring, exhilarating and highly entertaining, Pushing the Limits takes us inside the mind of a kid with a disability growing up in a tiny town, a teenager finding his place in the world, and an elite sportsman who refuses to give up, no matter how extreme the challenge.
‘Kurt Fearnley is the most inspiring figure in Australian sport, and this is a wondrous tale.’ Peter FitzSimons
‘There are only possibilities in Kurt’s world. If you say he can’t, he will.’ Steve Waugh
‘I love this bloke. Not only is he, in my opinion, Australia’s greatest athlete, but he has such an enormous heart and zest for life. What Kurt does for the general community, and particularly for athletes with disabilities, is truly inspiring.’ David Koch
‘Kurt Fearnley gives life a good name.’ Andrew Denton
‘Aside from all the medals, accolades and achievements, in my humble opinion it is his larrikin sense of humour, positive attitude to life, never forgetting where he comes from and his belief that there is nothing he can’t do that makes him a national treasure.’ Layne Beachley
- ISBN: 9781921901898
Category: Self-help & personal development
Publication Date: 2014-10-22
Publisher: Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
- Kurt Harry Fearnley OAM (born 23 March 1981) is an Australian wheelchair racer, who has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games and ‘crawled’ the Kokoda Track. He has a congenital disorder called sacral agenesis which prevented fetal development of certain parts of his lower spine and all of his sacrum. In Paralympic events he is classified in the T54 classification. He focuses on long and middle-distance wheelchair races, and has also won medals in sprint relays. He participated in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.