Australian wheelchair champion Kurt Fearnley given flag-bearing honours

AUSTRALIAN para-track athlete Kurt Fearnley will carry the host nation’s flag into Carrara Stadium at tonight’s Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on the Gold Coast, it has been revealed.

The wheelchair hero was tipped as a favourite to earn flag-bearing duties, beating swimming sensations Mitch Larkin and sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell.

It’ll be a fairytale finale for the 37-year-old who will retire from international competition after grabbing gold in this morning’s T54 wheelchair marathon.


The Paralympic great lead from start to finish to cross the line first in one hour, 30 minutes and 25 seconds – just 78 seconds ahead of England’s John Smith who took silver.

It’s been a massive week for the wheelchair champion, who also won silver in the men’s T54 1500m final.

Speaking to reporters following the announcement on Sunday afternoon, Kurt said it was a “massive” moment for him and his family.

“I’m just a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing,” Fearnley said. “It’s just been an unbelievable week.”

“These games have been one of the most enjoyable things that I have been apart of.

“The race this morning…I feel like I’ve lost fluid from crying all morning…it’s just one of the most emotional things that I have been apart of by far.”

The closing ceremony is due to begin at 8.30pm.