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Newcastle with Aussie hero Kurt Fearnley

17:30 AEST Sat May 18 2013

It's almost impossible to imagine someone tackling the Kokoda Track in a wheelchair, but Dermott Brereton met the man who did it — Kurt Fearnley.

Dermott travelled to Newcastle and followed Kurt for a day. He is one of Australia's greatest sportsmen and the list of things he has achieved is outstanding. It wasn't long before Dermott realised he had no chance of keeping up with him.

Kurt is an inspiring, independent and intrepid traveller. He's a marathon man and has competed in four Paralympics winning gold, silver and bronze medals and won three consecutive New York marathons. He has set Australian records in the 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, Half Marathon and Marathon. He has also set Paralympic records in 5000m marathon. In 2009 he crawled the Kokoda Track. He came fifth in the 2013 Boston marathon, and in less than a week, went on to win the London marathon.

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