My story is forever divided into two parts: before the fire, and after the fire.
In 2011, at the age of 24, Tuia Pitt's life was turned upside down. While competing in a 100km ultra marathon in the Australian outback, she encountered an out of control grass fire. Trapped by the blaze, she suffered full thickness burns to 65% of my body.
Turia was choppered out of the remote desert barely alive and wasn’t expected to survive. She lost seven of her fingers, spent over six months in hospital, underwent over 200 operations and spent two years in recovery.
Against overwhelming odds, Turia defied every expectation placed on her and rebuilt her life.
In 2016, Turia achieved a goal she had been working towards since the early days of her recovery; competing in her first Ironman competition in May, followed by the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Kona was a gruelling experience that taught her over and over again that when we get our mindset right, we truly can achieve anything.
That’s not the only goal Turia has smashed since being told she would never walk, run or be independent again.
Over the years, Turia has written multiple books, been honoured with multiple awards, mentored thousands of people to achieve their greatest goals through her online programs and joined one of her personal heroes, Tony Robbins, as a headline speaker at the 2018 National Achievers Congress. As a proud ambassador for Interplast Australia and New Zealand, Turia raised over $1 million in donations and $3 million in media awareness through events, speaking, and leading fundraising adventures along the Great Wall of China, the Inca Trail and the Kokoda Track.