COMMONWEALTH GAMES: WONDER woman Emma Davies Jones won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal at the weekend.
Only six months ago the former Grange School pupil, from Lower Peover, was in a hospital bed after breaking her back when she was knocked off her bike by a hit and run driver.
But Jones capped a remarkable recovery in Melbourne, finishing the 3km pursuit in 3mins 40secs behind two Australians.
The 26-year-old racer, now based in Alsager and who married in September, was injured as she rode to training at the Manchester Velodrome.
After receiving her medal she said: 'I would just like to thank my neuro-surgeon, the doctors and all the staff for what they did.'
For the first few days Jones could not sit up without fainting from the pain, but she made determined and steady progress until she was able to mount a bike again in January.
She recalled: 'I was really lucky as the A&E consultant was a keen cyclist and recognised me and reassured me it was not the end of my career.'
A sharp fragment of bone lay close to her spinal chord. A few millimetres was the difference between being crippled for life and resuming her international career.
'Riding again was always in the back of my mind. But I had to focus on what I could control and that meant first sitting up without fainting and then walking,' she said. 'Once I started to walk, I progressed quickly.'
And the big smile on her face at the start line?
'That was because I'd made it,' she said.
* Mid Cheshire's other interest in the Games is hockey goalkeeper Carolyn Reid, the former St Nicholas RC High School teacher. England lost 4-0 to New Zealand in the prelims on Tuesday.