Kurt Fearnley could be honoured via a new performance athletics centre

ANOTHER HONOUR: Carcoar wheelchair racing star Kurt Fearnley could be honoured with the building of the $10 million Kurt Fearnley Centre of Excellence.
ANOTHER HONOUR: Carcoar wheelchair racing star Kurt Fearnley could be honoured with the building of the $10 million Kurt Fearnley Centre of Excellence.

HE already has a park named after him in his native Carcoar, a visitor hub at Centennial Park and athletics centre at his current home base in Newcastle, but now Kurt Fearnley could be set for an new 'excellent' honour.

It was announced this week that should the Australian Labor Party win this month's federal election, it will build a world class, high performance athletics centre, called the Kurt Fearnley Centre of Excellence, at Sydney Olympic Park.

The possibility of having the $10 million centre built is something which excites the three-time Paralympic gold medallist.

"Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Sydney Olympics and I couldn't imagine a more appropriate time to establish this centre - it will give our future athletes the best possible facilities to take on the world," Fearnley said.

"It's an honour to have my name attached to the venue that will develop the future of my sport and it's exciting to think that around the country developing disabled athletes see one of their peers names attached to the centre that will assist all of the athletics community."

The announcement comes two years after Fearnely and fellow Paralympic wheelchair racing star Christie Dawes were honoured in Newcastle. Their names were bestowed upon the athletic centre after an upgrade.

That was not the first time Fearnley had been honoured in such a fashion. In 2016 the official name for Centennial Park's visitor services hub was changed to the Fearnley Grounds, while after 2007 season which saw him win 10 marathons, Carcoar unveiled Kurt Fearnley Park.

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