Two months out from Commonwealth Games trials, boxer Anja Stridsman tore her ACL during a fight in Poland.
In a desperate bid to keep her chance of competing at a Commonwealth Games alive, she continued to train but after a national title in Sydney in November 2017 and barely being able to walk, she needed surgery.
While competitors thought she would be out of the Games, Stridsman never gave up on her dream to compete at a home Commonwealth Games.
With her damaged knee tendon replaced with an Achilles tendon from a cadaver, she was ready to get back in the ring.
"I wouldn't have gone for it if I didn't think I could do it," Stridsman said.
"To have gone through all that, I've proven so much to myself.
"When people found out I had torn my ACL, they thought 'she is out'," she said.
She dominated her fight against Paige Murney of England in the 60kg division, coming away with a convincing 5-0 victory to become just the second Australian woman to win Commonwealth boxing gold following Shelley Watt in Glasgow 2014.
"This whole experience has been so special and the last two fights have been extra special," Stridsman said.
"I thought I've just got to enjoy this - I'm going to remember this forever."
The 31-year-old will be taking it one competition at the time after the Games but hasn't ruled out heading to Tokyo in two years time.