MIA'S BAD BREAK

Year 10 student Mia Gross missed the Women's 100m final at the Commonwealth Youth Games by 0.02secs, but that was merely a footnote in what was an incredible few hours in The Bahamas on July 20.

Out on the practice track, before the 100m heats began, Mia sprang from the blocks on her final warm-up run only to clash with a competitor who had thoughtlessly jogged across her lane. Crashing to the ground, Mia tried to break her fall with her right wrist. The pain was immediate and, if not for a severe weather warning, her chances of competing were slim due to a suspected broken wrist. 

“The doctors advised me not to run but no way was I coming this far not to race,” Mia told The Courier-Mail post-race. The weather delay was a blessing in disguise, giving Mia time to get her forearm put in a splint and strapped.

Mia used her right knuckle rather than fingers on the starting blocks - unable to put any weight on her right wrist - and showed true grit to qualify second-fasted from her heat for the semi-finals, only to narrowly miss a spot in the final. Compatriot Riley Day qualified fastest for the final and finished with a silver medal; an agonizing 0.03secs behind Julien Alfred from St Lucia. When asked about Mia's performance, Riley was full of praise.

"Mia’s a fighter. She did incredible to run two races like that when I know a lot of people who wouldn’t have run at all,” Day said. It was an incredible feat for Mia, having turned 16 in April, to qualify for a competition at which she was competing against athletes one or two years older than her. 

The School wishes Mia all the best in her recovery after this truly gutsy performance. Thanks to Jim Tucker (The Courier-Mail) for the photo of Mia in The Bahamas. Jim published the original story here- Broken Wrist doesn't stop Aussie Sprinter