I challenge anyone to spend even the tiniest amount of time in the company of Turia Pitt and not come away determined to make more of their life.
– Bryce Corbett
Turia Pitt is one of Australia’s most admired and widely recognised people.
At 24, Turia was an ex-model, fitness junkie and successful mining engineer whose life was turned upside down when she became trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon.
She was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive, with full thickness burns to 65 per cent of her body. Renowned for her pure grit, indomitable spirit and passion for humanitarian work, Turia has gone on to thrive in the ultimate story of triumph over adversity.
Surviving against overwhelming odds is the least of her achievements.
Turia lost seven fingers, endured six grueling months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery. Surviving against overwhelming odds, Turia rebuilt her life and defied every expectation placed on her. She is living proof that, with the right mindset, we truly can achieve anything.
In 2016 alone, Turia realised a goal she’d been working towards since the early days of her recovering: competing in her first IRONMAN competition. She also mentored over 6,000 people through her online programs before heading to Hawaii to take on the grueling and internationally renowned Ironman World Championships in Kona.
Passionate humanitarian and Interplast ambassador.
As an ambassador for Interplast Australia & New Zealand, Turia donates her time to host events, speaking, leading fundraising adventures and taking the opportunity to highlight the work they do in media interviews. To date she has helped raise almost $1 million dollars in donations and $3 million dollars in awareness.
In addition to her work with Interplast, Turia has been busy working on Haapii, a foundation with the overall aim of providing kids in developing countries with the best educational resources possible.
Lessons From Kona
After competing in my first Ironman in May 2016, I was invited to compete at the 2016 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was an intense and grueling experience. The heat, the wind, the competition – it’s brutal!
For me, it wasn’t the perfect race but I dug deep and gave it everything I had and you can’t ask for more than that! Ultimately, Kona taught me over and over again that when we get our mindset right, we truly can achieve anything.
I kept a blog in the lead up to Race Day. Read it by clicking the link below.