International tournaments have been always important part of Estonian curling. The main goal of organising different tournaments in Tallinn should be to develop Estonian players while playing against international teams. For the locals its also much cheaper to play local tournament than going abroad. But it is also important to visit other tournaments if teams wish to be successful on the international level. So financially our local teams benefit playing here, but if teams wish to be successful internationally you need to play tournaments in other countries as well.
During 2014/2015 season we organised just two international tournaments: Tallinn Cup and Jeti Cup. 2015/2016 we included Tallinn Season Starter. This season – 2016/2017 – we are organising nine events. Next season there will be 12 events. Our aim is to have something for everybody in our tournaments calendar. We will have special tournaments:
- for men (CCT event),
- for ladies (CCT events),
- for mixed doubles (two CCT events),
- for wheelchairs,
- its also important to have just good old social tournaments (it all started with our famous Tallinn Cup).
Building traditions takes time and we do not think it will be easy to have maximum number of participants in every event. We’d like to go step-by-step and as said building traditions takes time. Our main goal in Estonia is to grow our number of players and through that we hope to see more and more local teams taking part of our tournaments.
Everyone who have organised an international curling event knows it’s hard work. When you will have 12 of them it’s a full-time job. We are glad that starting from this season we have a full-time event manager working for Curling Tallinn (she will handle the correspondence between teams, working with our main partners – City of Tallinn, state, other partners – and taking care of the event on spot).
We thank our main partners for helping us with the organising. We thank City of Tallinn and it’s Sports and Youth Department. We thank Cultural Endowment of Estonia. We thank Sportland and we thank Park Inn by Radisson hotel. In 12 years of organising curling tournaments in Tallinn we would like to thank different contributors: thank you Leo, Ivo, Silver, Juuli, Harri, Marie, Vladimir, Jevgeni, Dmitri, Rauno, Eiko-Siim and many others.