Gallery: young athletes took part in Estonian Olympic Committee’s ‘Tiger’ training

Around a hundred young athletes representing almost 30 Estonian sports met at KUMU museum in Tallinn on 26 April for Estonian Olympic Committee's motivational training day “Release your tiger!”, which featured top athletes sharing their experience and tips.

The key figures who spoke to the young audience included Olympic bronze medalist in rowing Allar Raja, Olympic bronze medalist in cross-country skiing Jaak Mae; Rauno Pehka, who played in the Estonian national basketball team for 14 years (including the European Championship in 1993, when it came 6th), and the discus thrower Märt Israel, an Universiade winner, who came 4th at the World Championship in 2011.

Video stories were shared by the World Championship and European Championship in women’s freestyle wrestling Epp Mäe and ice hockey left winger for the Estonian national team and Jyväskylä JYP Robert Rooba, who was the first Estonian to win the Champions Hockey League.

This year's ‘Tiger’ training featured discussions on the following topics:

  • Transition from the junior category to the adult category and overcoming the difficulties awaiting on the way
  • Setting goals and priorities as well as overcoming obstacles
  • Stress factors in the athlete’s life and how to cope with them
  • Athlete’s professional process in daily life and during competitions
  • Releasing your inner tiger

The recording of the entire ‘Tiger’ training course will soon be available for those young athletes who were competing or attending a camp when it was held and could not take part.

The ‘Tiger’ training course series is supported by ERGO.

Photos: Kalev Lilleorg / Estonian Olympic Committee