Turia Pitt has a double degree with honours in Mining Engineering and Science.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 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 at physio, yoga, personal training and other activities related to her injury. She is currently studying both an MBA and a Masters in Mining Engineering, as well as training for three upcoming events – the Variety Cycle from Sydney to Uluru, the 20km Lake Argyle Swim and a section of the Great Wall of China for Interplast.
Her memoir ‘Everything to Live For’ with Libby Harkness was published late last year.
She is passionate about organ and tissue donation and Interplast – a charity that provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries.