Injury scuttles Kirra's rep dream
A BROKEN toe has ended Gympie soccer star Kirra Mieran’s dream of playing for Queensland at the National Youth Championships in Coffs Harbour next week.
Mieran, 14, gained selection in the squad earlier this year following a gruelling selection camp in Brisbane, where her natural talent caught the eye of selectors.
However, the elation of breaking through and achieving her first ever Queensland jersey came crashing down two-and-a-half weeks ago.
The Gympie women’s Miners player was battling Kawana in a Sunshine Coast League match when she had “an unlucky tackle”, breaking her toe.
The extent of the injury wasn’t apparent at first.
“I thought it was just impact but when I came off at half time only a few minutes later and removed my boot, it was obvious it was much more,” Mieran said.
Sliding the boot off gingerly, the soccer star’s toe had already swollen and was turning many shades of blue.
A quick trip to the hospital shortly afterwards resulted in a visit to a specialist, who confirmed the toe had been cracked in the joint in two places.
“I was in a lot of pain and I was told it would take up to six weeks to heal,” Mieran said.
Mieran had originally hoped the injury would heal enough in time to play. However, it wasn’t to be the case.
“I was at a Wide Bay carnival recently and talked to the coaches and decided it would be best if I didn’t play,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have been able to play anywhere near my best and the team deserved to have the best squad to play the nationals.”
Undoubtedly a heartbreaking decision, Mieran said she was gutted but time has allowed her to gain perspective on what has happened.
“It was upsetting, for sure, but I have accepted what has happened and I’m proud of making the Queensland team,” she said.
Many opportunities lie ahead for the inspiring player and she promises to be back bigger and better when her toe fully recovers.