Picture: AFP WHILE Kurt Fearnley was competing in Sydney on Monday he was also named Newcastle citizen of the year.
Fearnley, who has won multiple world championship and paralympic medals as well as scores of other wheelchair racing events around the world, was recognised for his charity work and advocacy for people with a disability.
Tighes Hill’s Kirk Upton was named young citizen of the year for his work in mental health for young people.
He has led a number of community programs in Newcastle to tackle bullying, homophobia and promote events for young people.
The Fort Scratchley Historical Society was named community group of the year.
Its 80 volunteers contribute 40,000 hours of service to Fort Scratchley each year.
More than 100 people became Australian citizens at a ceremony in Newcastle City Hall.
Full details in tomorrow’s Newcastle Herald.