The Young Athlete’s Prize
The President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation and the Estonian branch of Nordea Bank Finland Plc (hereinafter, Nordea Bank) agreed on 18 April 2009 to found the Young Athlete’s Prize.
The Young Athlete’s Prize is presented by the First Lady’s Foundation of the President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation (hereinafter the First Lady’s Foundation).
The prize is intended to acknowledge young, under-21-year-olds with very good academic achievements. The prize is earmarked and intended to cover training and competition costs.
The amount of the Young Athlete’s Prize is up to 3,200 Euros per recipient. The size of the prize shall be determined by the advisory board of the First Lady’s Foundation considering the aforementioned limit.
The Young Athlete’s Prize shall be awarded twice a year – in April and November.
The prize is financed by Nordea Bank based on the agreement concluded between the President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation and the Nordea Bank.
Candidates for the prize may be nominated by the young athletes’ coaches, instructors, schools, sports clubs, sports associations and the members of the First Lady’s Foundation’s advisory board.
In order to apply for the prize, the applicant must:
• submit a written application with personal data and a short biography;
• justify the need for the grant (description of the relevant programme or athletic career path);
• submit the young athlete’s educational results (copies of certificates, study book, etc.);
• to submit a recommendation letter and assessment from the school;
• to submit recommendations from coaches, instructors, sports clubs or sports associations.
If necessary, the advisory board of the First Lady’s Foundation may ask experts from other fields of activity for advice and recommendations on assigning the award.
The advisory board of the First Lady’s Foundation has the right to ask for additional information about the candidate from the applicant’s school, sports club, sports association or other such organizations.
The decision to assign the award is made on a consensual basis and coordinated with Nordea Bank.
Nordea Pank shall transfer the award amount to the bank account of the President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation, unless otherwise agreed by Nordea Bank and the President of the Republic’s Cultural Foundation.
The athlete’s adult instructor, school or sports club shall render a report on the use of the prize to the First Lady’s Foundation during a reasonable time.
All award application documents should be sent to the sub-fund of the spouse of the President of the Republic at the address of the Office of the President of the Republic (A. Weizenbergi 39, Tallinn 15050) or, in the digitally signed form, to the following e-mail address:
. The advisory board of the First Lady’s Fund shall review the documents and choose the recipient of the grant.
The prize shall be presented by Mrs. Evelin Ilves and a representative of the Nordea Bank.
Laureates to date:
Oliver Kips and Kristina Morozjuk - ballroom dancers
Erika Kirpu - fencer
Anete Paulus - footballer
Liina Laasma - track and field athlete
Kristjan Ilves - ski jumper and biathlonist
Eric Tött - swimmer
Saskia Alusalu - speed skater
Keit Jaanimägi - swimmer
13 young athletes of FC Levadia Football Academy: Kaspar Mutso, Markus Arak, Mark Edur, Mart Kaasik, Kevin Kaljumäe, Cristofer Kuusma, Martin Käos, Martin Nõukas, Silver Nõukas, Siim Morten Ojasalu, Kaspar Raid, Samuel Saadoja, Magnar Vainumäe
Nanette Christine and Naomi Charlotta Andersson – figure skaters
Sten Christian Taal – sailor
Elisabeth Egel – swimmer
Rebeca Lotta Aasmäe – judoka, skier and athlete
Tanel Paabo – karateka
Jorgen Liiv – athlete
Anette Remmelg - swimmer
Roberta Mikk - swimmer
Kaur Kivistik - track and field athlete
Reena Koll - track and field athlete
Jüri-Mikk Udam - rower