CROWNability Ambassador – Kurt Fearnley AO
Three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist, Officer of the Order of Australia and NSW Australian of the Year, Kurt Fearnley became the Disability Employment Ambassador for CROWNability
in 2015. Kurt was born without the lower portion of his spine, although it never held him back from extraordinary achievements in the sports arena. He has completed numerous adventure challenges world-wide.
As the CROWNability
Ambassador, Kurt regularly presents at Crown events and forums with an approachable and powerful message. He engages our team in the value of looking to see the capabilities of a person “before being scared off,” as Kurt says, by any predispositions about disability.
“Compared to other countries, Australia has a low level of opportunity and participation in the workplace of people with disability. It’s great to see an organisation like Crown take control and really focus and thrive in creating genuine opportunities for people of all abilities.
From an initial 45 employees with a disability when I became ambassador in 2015, Crown now has over 240 working in meaningful roles. This is important not just to the individual’s financial independence and self-worth, but also to the 200 families in Australia whose parent, sibling or child is benefiting from the positive outcomes of employment.
I’m looking forward to the next chapter of the CROWNability Action Plan and the continued accessibility improvements being made to benefit all staff and patrons of Crown.”
– Kurt Fearnley.