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Paralympian inspires Open Day crowd

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Kurt Fearnley with Ethan Laird at USQ Ipswich Open Day.

USQ Ipswich was buzzing with excitement as hundreds of prospective students visited Open Day on Saturday (September 2) to learn where a university degree could take them.

The event provided guests a wide range of information sessions and activities on university life, support services, and the many areas of study available to them.

The message was clear - USQ is a place where students can find knowledge and discover belief to overcome obstacles and uncertainty, to challenge themselves and break-out of comfort zones, and to achieve more than they ever thought possible.

One person who knows what it takes to achieve great success is Kurt Fearnley.

The inspirational wheelchair racer was the guest speaker at the Open Day, where he shared with people the importance of never giving up.

Born without the lower portion of his spine, Kurt is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist, won 35 marathons across the world and sailed the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Perhaps his greatest achievement, though, was in 2009 when he crawled the treacherous 96km Kokoda Trail in 11 days.

Kurt’s courageous story of determination and perseverance was one of the highlights of USQ Ipswich Open Day, which included information sessions on scholarships, support services and online study demonstrations, campus tours and ‘Future Talks’ which explored different career paths.

The day also featured the All Things Healthy Expo, in conjunction with the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and the region's premier health service and information providers.