So, when we saw the July cover for The Australian Women's Weekly, we were more than a little excited. A spokesperson said the mag chose Turia Pitt, an engineer, athlete, author, and motivational speaker, “because she is quite simply one of the most impressive women you will ever hope to meet." Pitt was competing in a 100km ultra-marathon in 2011 when she was trapped in a bushfire. She sustained burns over 65% of her body; doctors told her partner there was little chance she'd survive. Today, in addition to her full-time job as a mining engineer, she regularly completes impressive athletic events — such as walking the Great Wall of China and swimming a 20km lake race in Australia's Lake Argyle — to raise money for Interplast, a non-profit that provides plastic surgery procedures for those in need.
As the magazine's editor-in-chief, Helen McCabe, puts it, “Any attempt to describe the magic and beauty of Turia seems to get lost in platitudes or clichés. Yet, I have never met a more remarkable person.”
For more on Pitt, check out her Twitter page; her book Everything to Live For: The Inspirational Story of Turia Pitt is out now from Random House.