The Gorgeous 10-Year-Old Girl Who Just Wouldn't Give Up

Go grab a box of tissues. We can wait.

The Melbourne Cup? Yeah, it was exciting for three minutes but it ended in horsey tragedy and we all went home with headaches.

This race? This is the race the whole of Australia should have watched this week. And for your viewing pleasure, it's right there in the player above.

Let's relive every thrilling second of action, as told to 10 daily by Rory Carroll, proud dad in the stands. Rory's daughter Mia didn't win, but oh wow...

So here we are down on the start line, where the girls in the NSW State Athletics championships are lined up for the 100 metre multi-class final.

Mia Carroll, from Boronia Park Public School in Sydney's inner west, has fought her way through her school championships, through the regionals, and now this.

It's a tough field. That 100 metres looks like a kilometre.

"She's a trier," Rory Carroll says of his 10-year-old daughter who was born with trisomy 21, which is better known as Down Syndrome.

"She goes to a normal school, plays soccer in a normal team, does dancing, sings in a kids' choir. She has to work three times as hard, but she's always got a smile."

And they're off!

Mia doesn't get the greatest start.

"She started a bit slowly and the other kids got away from her a bit. But she could see the line and she kept going," Rory Carroll recalls.

"Mia never says no to things."

Mid-race, Mia Carroll's smile turns briefly to a grimace of sheer determination as it becomes clear she won't win. But what is winning anyway? This is the key question here. Is it about being first across the line, or about giving your all?

Is it being the top name on the scoreboard or providing the moment that everyone remembers?

If you favour the latter definition, then you'll understand that Mia Carroll is winning this race, even though technically, she is going to cross the line last.

"Go Mia! Go Mia!" the crowd yells as she approaches the finish, all guts, all spirit.

In professional athletics, they talk about running "through the line". Mia does not do this. Instead, she raises her arms in triumph just before the line. Does it matter? It does not.

She turns and acknowledges the crowd. Do they cheer louder? They do. There's a fist pump. A dance move. Another wave. She high-fives a track official. Gives the official a big hug. Does the crowd cheer more? Of course it does. Is the world a better place? Also yes. Yes, yes and yes.

"Mia was thrilled and excited about the video and telling everyone about it," Rory Carroll explains.

She's been a little bit famous before, has Mia. She was in a k-mart ad on TV, which was one of the first ads with a kid with Down syndrome in it. Yep, that's her in the pink thing.

"I'd like to give special mention to her teacher Mrs O'Brien who's is on sabbatical," Rory adds. "She's the one who saw her and said 'maybe she could do running'.

"You’ve got to have people around you that care, and a community that engages with you."

You've got to have great parents too, and we've got a feeling Rory and Donna Carroll -- who took the video -- are just that.