Kurt Fernley (AO)
Officer of the Order of Australia, Paralympic gold medalist
Born without the lower portion of his spine, Kurt Fearnley OAM has crawled along the Great Wall of China, completed the Kokoda Trail and is an Australian Paralympic gold medallist. At the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Kurt finished his incredible career by winning Gold in the gut wrenching Marathon. He was the flag bearer at the closing ceremony and as usual made every Australian proud of not only his achievements but by the way he conducted himself.
- Kurt was a Gold medal winner and Australian Flag bearer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
- He is the winner of some of the world’s most prestigious marathons including London, Paris, Rome and Los Angeles, and 5 times winner in Chicago and New York.
- He has won 13 Paralympic medals across 5 games and is a 6 times world champion from 800m to marathon.
- Kurt has been a winning crew member of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
- He is well known for his amazing feat of crawling the 96km Kokoda track.
- Kurt is actively involved in various charities as a board member, patron and ambassador.
- In 2005, Kurt was awarded an OAM
- In 2018 received an even higher honour, an AO and in 2019 was awarded NSW Australian of the Year in 2019.
Professor Michael Sawyer
Medal Of The Order of Australia, Medical Adviser for Australian Rotary Health
Professor Michael Sawyer, OAM, MBBS, PhD, Dip Child Psych., FRANZCP, FRCPC is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health at the University of Adelaide and Head, Research and Evaluation Unit at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in South Australia. He is currently the Honorary Medical Advisor for Australian Rotary Health. Prior to this appointment he was Chair of the Australian Rotary Health Research Committee and a Director on the Australian Rotary Health Board. He has also previously been Head, Department of Paediatrics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. In 2008, Professor Sawyer was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the field of child and adolescent mental health as a researcher and educator.
Rebecca Fry (Rotaractor)
Perception is Reality
Dedicated and experienced Government Affairs & Community Specialist and Rotary International Leader seeking to create meaningful positive change in the world. Exceptional skills in Corporate Social Responsibility, Project and Event Management, Mentoring, Communication, People Management, Leadership and Stakeholder Management. Passionate about inspiring and educating others to contribute to society, achieved through keynote presentations, training workshops, webinars, social media campaigns and articles. Presented the fifth plenary session on PR and Rotary’s Core Values at the Rotary San Diego International Assembly .
Rebecca Fry has been involved in Rotary since 2005 when she was invited to attend the National Youth Science Forum. Fast forward 13 years and she has been heavily involved in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotaract, holding various leadership positions and presenting to audiences from 5 to 500+ people. In 2017 she was recognised as one of Rotary’s ‘Youth All-Stars’ and she recently founded a Collaboration Hub to encourage Rotary and Rotaract to work closer together. She sees Rotaract and Rotary as platforms to create the change you want to see in the world and has a vision to inspire and empower more people to make a difference. Professionally works for Johnson & Johnson Medical, in Government Affairs and Community Impact (also known as Corporate Social Responsibility). As a millennial herself, Rebecca will share some of the trends of Millennials and how we can engage them within the great organisation that is Rotary.
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