Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2014 NSW Australian of the Year Nominee

Dr Tom Denniss

State: New South Wales

Entrepreneur and marathon runner

In 2013, Dr Tom Denniss became the fastest person to circumnavigate the world on foot, after undertaking an epic journey which saw him run a marathon each day for 622 days.  During the 26,232 kilometre quest, Tom traversed the icy peaks of the Andes, skirted the rim of the Grand Canyon and trod the dusty length of the Nullarbor.  He tore through 17 pairs of runners, covered five of the world’s seven continents and raised more than $60,000 for Oxfam Australia.  A high achiever, Tom has a PhD in Mathematics and Oceanography and is the founder of renewable wave energy company Oceanlinx.  Tom invented and commercialised a technology that converts energy in ocean waves into electricity.  A vocal contributor to discussions about environmental issues, Tom sits on several international committees related to climate change and renewable energy, and was the first person to be inducted into the International Ocean Energy Hall of Fame as an ocean energy pioneer.  


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