Athletes Australia Authors Pioneering Women

Turia Pitt: Didn’t Let Burning While Running Stop Her

Turia Pitt: How Did She Get Burned? “I heard a noise, so I took off my headphones and raised my head.Then, I saw the fire.The huge wall of fire that was quickly advancing towards me.When the fire got to me, I remember looking down at my hands and seeing them on fire, I screamed in horror and thought: That’s it, it’s over.” That’s how Turia Pitt describes the moment she realized that she’s on fire.…

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Athletes Australia Pioneering Women

Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack: Australia Didn’t Want To Send Her to the Olympics. So She Raised Her Own Funds and Won the Gold Medal

Australia may have been one of the first countries to grant women the right to vote, but that doesn’t mean that women had full equality. Take Sarah ‘Fanny’ Durack, for example. She showed extraordinary swimming talent from a young age, and yet, leading up to the Stockholm Olympics in 1912 (the first Olympics in which women were allowed to partake), she was forbidden to compete. Durack was told by the Australian officials: you’re not going…

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