Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association Conference

On Friday 8 of June, QASMT Principal, Kath Kayrooz, and Deputy Principal, Tanya Haggarty, had the pleasure of attending the annual Queensland Secondary Principals’ Association Conference. The conference featured an inspiring presentation from Paralympic gold medal winner, Kurt Fearnley. Kurt Fearnley, (born 23 March 1981) is an Australian wheelchair racer, who has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games and ‘crawled’ the Kokoda Track. He has a congenital disorder called Sacral Agenesis, which prevented foetal development of certain parts of his lower spine and all of his sacrum. In Paralympic events, Fearnley is classified in the T54 classification. Fearnley generally focuses on long and middle-distance wheelchair races, however, has also won medals in sprint relays. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games. Fearnley finished his Paralympic Games career with silver and bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He then went on to win a gold and silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and was the Australian flag bearer at the closing ceremony. Fearnley’s story stresses the importance of persistence in the face of challenge. He did not let his struggles define him and in fact used them to propel him forward. We hope our students can learn from Fearnley’s story; your future is what you make of it, your challenges do not define you, it is how you overcome them that makes you the person you are.