Short shinbone can't keep Nadia off track

Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Nadia Sziranyi
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Nadia Sziranyi, 15, ran her last Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon yesterday.

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Not only did cancer survivor Nadia Sziranyi do both the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon and Relay for Life at the weekend, she did it all while missing one bone in her leg.

The Petone, Wellington, teen had 12 centimetres of her fibula removed last year as part of her treatment for osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Rather than replace the portion of the small bone in her lower leg with a metal rod, surgeons left it as is, meaning Nadia's tibia or shinbone had to do a lot more work than any other runner's.

"It gets sore. In the running I was aiming not to stop, but I just had to," the 15-year-old Sacred Heart College student said.

Nadia, who has competed in the annual tryathlon for children aged 7 to 15 since she was 8, started to notice shooting pains in her left leg about two years ago and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Mum Louise Sziranyi said her daughter was incredibly brave during her nine months of chemotherapy.

A chemotherapy appointment on raceday last year prevented Nadia participating but she was given a medal for the event when her mother explained the situation.

"Now I have the whole set," a beaming Nadia said.

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