Turia Pitt inspires women at Beef Australia 2015 high tea
BEFORE Turia Pitt had even started speaking, the crowd at Beef Australia had given her a standing ovation.
While at many times Turia's story was sobering, she still managed to draw laughter from the audience at the Westpac Women in Business High Tea yesterday as she told her story of battling an incredible hurdle.
Before September 2, 2011, Turia Pitt was an active, independent mining engineer who was preparing for a 100km ultramarathon.
But on that day a bushfire changed her life, and almost claimed it.
During the race she was one of several runners caught up in the flames, and received burns to 65% of her body.
She says even now things like the smell of smoke at a barbecue transports her back to that day.
But yesterday she didn't focus on the fire, but on her amazing recovery that has seen her undergo 200 surgeries and forced her to learn to talk again, walk again and amazingly, even run again.
She encouraged the crowd to make the most of their potential, and to stop letting fear get in the way.
"We've got this perception that time is infinite, there's always tomorrow," she said.
"But time is our most valuable resource... and it's running out on all of us."
Since her accident Turia has become a humanitarian, working to raise hundreds of thousands for Interplast, a charity which helps burns victims in developing countries.