Turia Pitt

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Turia Pitt
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Turia Pitt
Born (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 30)[1]
Tahiti, French Polynesia
Nationality Australian
Partner(s) Michael Hoskin[2]
Children 1
Parent(s) Michael Pitt
Celestine Vaite

Turia Pitt (born 24 July 1987) is an Australian mining engineer, humanitarian, athlete, motivationalist, and author.


Turia Pitt was competing in an ultramarathon through Western Australia's Kimberley region in 2011 when she was caught in a grass fire. An inquiry into the Kimberley Ultramarathon was damning of the race organisers, RacingThePlanet.[3] She suffered burns to 64% of her body and had all fingers on her right hand and two fingers on her left hand amputated. She launched Supreme Court action against the organisers, and in May 2014, it was reported that it was resolved with an out-of-court settlement.[4]

The organisers of the event, RacingThePlanet, were harshly criticised for their negligence and incompetence through a Parliamentary inquiry conducted by the Australian Government.[5]

Turia Pitt was named the New South Wales Premier's Award for Woman of the Year 2014, she was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year, she was a finalist for Australian of the Year and Turia was also the NSW Finalist for Telstra Business Woman of the Year in 2016. She is an Ambassador for Interplast Australia & New Zealand, and has been featured on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly, which attracted worldwide media attention.[6][7]

She is also a humanitarian and has raised over a million dollars for Interplast by leading trekking adventures. She completed the Great Wall of China in 2014, Inca Trek in 2015 and Kokoda in 2016.[5][8]

It was announced on 21 July 2015 that she and long-term partner Michael Hoskin were engaged to be married.[9]

On 8 May 2016, Pitt completed her first Ironman Australia competition in 13:24:42.[10]

On 8 October 2016, she completed the Ironman World Championship at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 14:37:30.[11]

Pitt and fiancé Michael announced on June 11, 2017 that they were expecting their first child. They announced on July 21, 2017 that they were expecting a boy.[12] On December 7, 2017 they welcomed their son Hakavai Hoskin.


  1. ^ "Happy birthday to Australia's most inspirational woman, Turia Pitt!". Woman's Day. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Gusmaroli, Danielle (21 July 2015). "Turia Pitt and boyfriend Michael Hoskin announce engagement". Daily Mail Australia. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Inquiry blasts organiser of disastrous Kimberley ultramarathon". The ABC. 17 August 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ultramarathon fire victim Turia Pitt reaches settlement with Racing the Planet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Pitt, Turia. "Inquiry into the 2011 Kimberley Ultramarathon - tabling of formal evidence and other documents". Parliament.wa.gov.au. Economics and Industry committee. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "About Turia". TuriaPitt.com. 29 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Turia Pitt joins ranks of Women's Weekly cover stars". The Australian Women's Weekly. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "News". interplast.org.au. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Burns survivor Turia Pitt and boyfriend Michael Hoskin are engaged". Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  10. ^ Weldon, Nick (13 May 2016). "Death-Defying Runner Finishes Ironman". Runner's World. 
  11. ^ "IRONMAN Official Site - IRONMAN triathlon 140.6 & 70.3". m.eu.ironman.com. Retrieved 16 May 2017. 
  12. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BWy-Bw8A3un/. Retrieved 16 May 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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