Jersey 2015 – Women’s High Jump Final
The high jump is probably the easiest event to get good video footage from, so this was the event I was mainly concentrating on in the early part of Wednesday evening’s session.
There was a really good family story surrounding this event. In 2013 the event was won by Saaremaa’s Linda Treiel with a new Island Games record clearance of 1.78 metres. Earlier in the week in Bermuda, Linda had also won the shot put event with a record throw – beating the record that had been held since 1997 by her mother Virge Treiel!
The last time the Island Games were held in Jersey in 1997, the men’s high jump champion was Linda’s father Urmas Treiel. Linda didn’t compete in Jersey this year – but making her Games debut was her younger sister Teele.
I also have a story concerning Teele, following a chance meeting with her at the European Junior Athletics Championships in Tallinn in 2011 where she was an event volunteer. A random conversation at the bus stop whilst waiting for a bus to the stadium that week revealed her family background at the Island Games, and she told me that it was her ambition to compete in the event in the future and that her best event was the high jump.
It goes without saying that after all this, I was delighted that these stories had happy endings with Teele winning the gold medal for Saaremaa to take her first Island Games title to add to the amazing family collection. She had some nervous moments though, needing all three attempts to clear 1.65 metres, before her 1.70m clearance secured the gold medal to add to her silver in the shot earlier in the week.
Saaremaa also took the silver medal, with Mari-Helen Saarna adding to her gold in the triple jump with a clearance of 1.65 metres. Bronze went to the 2009 champion Ashleigh Nalty of the Cayman Islands, who competed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. She was well below her best on this occasion, but did enough to take third place on countback from Jersey’s Holly Widdowson.
Amber Sibbald of the Isle of Man shared fifth place with Orkney’s Sarah Macphail. She is a very promising young athlete who had a busy week in Jersey, also competing in the long jump, 100 metres hurdles and the sprint relay.
It was a very close competition below the medal positions, with all the competitors from fifth to ninth places clearing 1.55 metres.
Position Bib Competitor Island Result
1st 245 Teele Treiel SAA 1.70 Gold
2nd 241 Mari-Helen Saarna SAA 1.65 Silver
3rd 34 Ashley Nalty CAY 1.60 Bronze
4th 210 Holly Widdowson JER 1.60
5th 229 Sarah Macphail ORK 1.55
5th 147 Amber Sibbald IOM 1.55
7th 185 Elli Heyes JER 1.55
8th 219 Amy Davis ORK 1.55
9th 116 Rebecca Toll GUE 1.55