NARRAWALLEE resident Turia Pitt, 26, has been named the Premier’s 2014 NSW Woman of the Year.
The Woman of the Year award recognises the achievements and the stories of wonderful women who are making a difference in society.
The inspirational burns survivor and now motivational speaker began her career as one of Australia’s few female mining engineers.
The judging panel went through a record number of nominations this year, all conveying stories of the significant contribution women have made and continue to make across the state.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock congratulated Ms Pitt, describing her as a role model for others to follow.
“Turia is an inspiration and we congratulate her on being named the 2014 NSW Woman of the Year,” Mrs Hancock said.
“Turia has always been a winner to the people of the South Coast and to those across this country who are aware of her achievements.
“Promoting organ and tissue donation and supporting people with burn injuries is important to Turia.
“While continuing various treatment programs to help her recovery, this year Turia will participate in the Variety cycle from Sydney to Uluru.
“Her journey so far is a job well done and her work deserves to be celebrated and recognised.
“An outstanding South Coast resident who is admired, loved and a beautiful young woman.
“A true inspiration.”