THERE was both triumph and disaster for Peebles long jumper Faye Nicholson at the weekend.
The 18-year-old was competing for Scotland in the Celtic Cup – which brings together the top athletes from Scotland, England and Wales – in Cardiff, having been selected for her first international cap in the under-20s age group.
While her mum and coach Linda was happily sprinting down the track at the Pitreavie Gift meeting, dad Gregor was holding back the news that he had already received a call from the Scotland team management to say she had dislocated her shoulder during competition.
Faye had, however, taken her first two jumps before disaster struck, and had already recorded an “easy” (in her words) 5.70m jump to win the international event.
The distance was only 1cm off her indoor lifetime best and 12cm off the meeting record. Second place in the competition went to England’s Micaela Brindal with 5.61m.
On her third attempt she tried to put into practice a new arm position in landing, but didn’t quite pull it off, jarring her arm and experiencing her shoulder popping out of place.
The rest is a bit of a blur, as she said the pain was excruciating, but medics arrived at the pit and she was taken to the VIP lounge for medical attention to put her shoulder back into place.
Amongst all the drama was the benefit of meeting and talking to legendary 1964 Olympic long jump champion Lynn Davies while in the VIP lounge.
Having missed her medal ceremony, Faye was given one all to herself and, arm in sling, she received the loudest applause of the meeting.
Faye’s jump takes her to the top of the UK rankings for long jump for 2012.
She is very frustrated that she was on target for an even bigger jump on the day but was not able to take her final three jumps.