Kurt Fearnley (AO)
Officer of the Order of Australia, Paralympic gold medalist
Kurt is one of Australia’s most successful and respected athletes and advocates. His achievements as a Paralympic athlete, service to people with disability, and fundraising efforts when it comes to Indigenous athletics and charitable organisations earned him an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018.
In the same year he was named as NSW Australian of the Year and awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University.
Past Rotary International President
In 2017-2018, lan Riseley was the President of Rotary International. This was the fifth time in 112 years of existence that the Rotary International had an Australian President.
lan Riseley’s honors include the AusAID Peacebuilder Award from the Australian government in recognition of his work in East Timor, the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the Australian community, the Distinguished Service Award and the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World from The Rotary Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1978, lan Riseley has served as treasurer, director, Foundation trustee, and member and chair of numerous Rl and Foundation committees.
lan and his wife, Juliet, a past district governor, are Major Donors and Bequest Society members of The Rotary Foundation.