Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Turia Pitt

Turia Pitt has a double degree in Mining Engineering and Science and graduated with first class honours. She worked as a model before landing her dream job with Rio Tinto at their prestigious Argyle Diamond Mine and moving to Kununurra with her partner, Michael. Their lives were turned upside-down when she was trapped by a grassfire in a 100-kilometre ultra-marathon in September 2011, and suffered burns to over 65 per cent of her body.

For now, she is living in her hometown of Ulladulla, surrounded by friends and family. She spends her time studying for her Masters and an MBA and travelling around Australia doing motivational speeches. She also has an intense rehabilitation schedule - which includes personal training, yoga, bike riding, running, swimming and kayaking.

She is passionate about organ and tissue donation and is an advocate for the organisation DonateLife. She is also an ambassador for Interplast, a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries. Her memoir Everything to Live For was published earlier this year.