Personal Information

Family Daughter Maria

Residence Tallinn, EST

Occupation Athlete, Coach

Languages English, Estonian, Russian

Higher education Chemistry - Tallinn University of Technology: Estonia

License number 12071980003


World Cup-347
Leipzig (GERMANY), 2012-06-29Leipzig (GERMANY), 2013-02-08
Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2016-02-12St-Maur (FRANCE), 2013-03-01
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2017-01-20Nanjing (CHINA), 2015-11-13
Tallin (ESTONIA), 2016-10-21
World Championship-112
Turin (ITALY), 2006-10-02St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2007-09-30
Zone Championships--11
Gand (BELGIUM), 2007-07-02
Grand Prix-112
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2014-02-01Budapest (HUNGARY), 2020-03-06
Turku (FINLAND), 2002-10-12Oslo (NORWAY), 2004-11-13Oslo (NORWAY), 2007-11-10
Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2006-02-11Oslo (NORWAY), 2006-11-11Oslo (NORWAY), 2014-11-23
Turku (FINLAND), 2008-10-18Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2013-01-13Turku (FINLAND), 2019-09-28
Oslo (NORWAY), 2011-11-27Oslo (NORWAY), 2013-11-24
Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2012-01-22Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2015-01-11
Turku (FINLAND), 2012-10-14Turku (FINLAND), 2018-10-06
Bratislava (SLOVAKIA), 2018-02-04
Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2018-09-23

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began competing in fencing in 1996.

Club / Team Vehklemisklubi IREM: Estonia

Name of coach Kaido Kaaberma [national], EST

Handedness Left

General Interest

Nicknames Ira (ohtuleht.ee, 18 Jun 2012)

Hobbies Going to the cinema, walking her dog, spending time with her daughter. (ajakirisport.ee, 28 Sep 2017)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in team epee at the 2017 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany. (kesknadal.ee, 03 Dec 2019)

Injuries A wrist injury meant she missed the 2017 World Cup event in Tallinn, Estonia. (sport.delfi.ee, 04 Oct 2017)

Awards and honours In 2019 she was presented with the Order of the White Star [Third Class] in Estonia. (kesknadal.ee, 03 Dec 2019; sport.err.ee, 29 Jan 2019)

She was part of the 2017 Team of the Year in Estonia. (laanlane.ee, 27 Dec 2017)

She was named the 2007 Best Female Athlete in Estonia. (epl.ee, 27 Jun 2013)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (kesknadal.ee, 03 Dec 2019)

Other information CLUB OWNER
She runs the Vehklemisklubi IREM club in Tallinn, Estonia, where she coaches young fencers. "I have a fencing club of my own name. There are about 40 children training there [speaking in 2019] and it seems that fencing is becoming more popular. This is definitely also related to the fact that Estonia's top fencers have good results. Young people see that their coaches, who are competing on TV and winning medals, are real people next to them, and that is a strong incentive for them." (Vehklemisklubi IREM Facebook page, 26 Oct 2020; kesknadal.ee, 03 Dec 2019)

She has held a position on the city council in Tallinn, Estonia, and has also stood for election as a member of parliament. "I am currently an alternate member of the council [speaking in 2019]. In the past, I have dealt with the environment, education, and sports in the council. I do not set high goals in politics. It is difficult to achieve something big in politics while being active in top sport, in addition to running a fencing club and coaching." (kesknadal.ee, 03 Dec 2019; valimised.err.ee, 15 Jan 2015; delfi.ee, 01 Nov 2013)


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