Kurt Fearnley to commentate at the 2021 Paralympic Games

NEW ROLE: He was a star of the Australian Paralympic team for many Games, but come Tokyo Kurt Fearnley will be calling the action instead of competing.
NEW ROLE: He was a star of the Australian Paralympic team for many Games, but come Tokyo Kurt Fearnley will be calling the action instead of competing.

TEARS, excitement and unapologetically biased commentary - Kurt Fearnley knows all will be part of his role commentating on the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

It will be the first time since the Carcoar native, from NSW's Central West, wore the green and gold at Sydney in 2000 that he will not form part of the Australian team, but getting the chance to call the action is something he is excited about.

"I'm going to say there's not going to be unbiased commentary," Fearnley laughed.

"I'm so excited to be spending 10 days telling the stories of people I believe to be family."

Fearnley attended four Paralympic Games for Australia, his efforts including gold medal winning pushes in the men's T54 marathon at Athens and Beijing.

He retired from national duties following the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he again won marathon gold and was Australia's flag bearer for the closing ceremony.

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Since then he has started a media career and while Fearnley can't wait to share the stories of more Australians come the Games, there are three athletes in particular he is eager to watch.

"The stand out for me? Rheed McCracken, he's my family," Fearnley said of the wheelchair racer.

"From us speaking about [him] wanting to be involved in the sport he's now been to two Paralympic Games, two silver medals, two bronze medals.

"I love Ryley Batt, he is one of my favourite athletes. Ryley is a member of the Steelers, the wheelchair rugby team. He has been to the last four Games, he's trying to go with the Steelers three straight gold medals.

"Madison de Rozario, she has shown her form on the world championship stage with gold medals there and she could potentially be the first Australian woman in a wheelchair to win a gold medal at a Paralympic Games since the great Louise Sauvage.

"I try and think about how I am going to respond when I see these things, there's going to be so much excitement and a few tears ... to be able to be on the other side and share the people's story that I love, can't wait."

The 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo are due to start August 24.

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