Thousands of kids enjoyed the Olympic Day with Kelly Sildaru


Thousands of children took part in the Olympic Day in Võru, South Estonia. The children were able to try different sports, take part in competitions and meet Olympic bronze medallist, freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru.

On Olympic Day, everyone interested could try athletics, biathlon, curling, fencing, motocross, skateboarding, roller skating, ski jumping, orienteering, play hockey, handball, pétanque, badminton, volleyball, tennis, dance street dance, jumping on trampolines, running on an adventure trail. The kids were also introduced to new Olympic disciplines, sports climbing and break dancing.

On the specific Paralympics field, the kids could try under the guidance of Paralympian Egert Jõesaar wheelchair curling, para-badminton, wheelchair tennis, boccia and para-athletics.

The smallest, 2-6-year-old kids participated in the kids' run and received a special medal from Beijing 2022 bronze medallist Kelly Sildaru. Kelly herself tried epee fencing for the first time in her life. " It was a very cool experience to try fencing for the first time. Unfortunately, I have not yet recovered from my knee injury to give my absolute best, but it was very exciting. I would definitely try it again in the future," Sildaru said.

The Olympic Day is a perfect opportunity to introduce children to various sports, said Estonian Olympic Committee’s office manager, Jaanika Eilat. „We were over the moon to see so many children doing sports, their eyes shining. We hope that they will continue on sporting,“ Eilat said.

Olympic Day is developing into much more than a run or a sports event. Based on the three pillars “move”, “learn” and “discover”, National Olympic Committees are deploying sports, cultural and educational activities that address everybody - regardless of age, gender, social background, or sporting ability. The Olympic Day was meant to celebrate the beginning of the contemporary Olympic movement in 1894, when Pierre de Coubertin's proposal to revive the tradition of the Olympic Games was unanimously approved in Sorbonne, Paris, and the International Olympic Committee was established.