Cold and rainy – a typical autumn day like any other but something extraordinary was about to happen on that day, the 14th of October, at 12.30 pm. An event, that took place for the first time in EBS history. What could that be? Well, the official EBS sports day that was organised by the student council member Martin Mee. Over 80 cool Ebsters took part in the different ball games competition – football, volleyball and, of course, basketball.
Even a few weeks before the event everything was still quite chaotic . We were faced with the fact that the event was about to happen but there was still so much to do. Thanks to our amazing student council president Liisa, the main organisers were able to get back on track and strive towards the event with a greater willpower. The organising process was literally like a rollercoaster ride. The organisational team was full of hard-working people and in spite of the setbacks and shortages, they were eager to learn and help even if they weren’t sure about the rules of the sports games. Respect!
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a lovely older gentleman, who was very helpful throughout the whole event. You could see from the faces of the organisers that the previous day had been a bit long and that Saturday was not about to have any mercy. Of course, most of the team had been able to resist the temptations of a Friday night out and had made it home at a reasonable time the previous night.
The participants started arriving before 12pm. At that time the organising team, who wished to perform a big and comical opening ceremony, wad still not sure what was about to go down. There was still a lot of organisational things left to do.
Finally, the five white cloths that were meant to be used as togas, arrived. You’re probably wondering why is that necessary. To imitate Old Greece customs, that’s why. After all, the Olympics began in Greece. How? Running around the football field in slow motion would be an accurate description for what went down. The other five, holding the Olympic-coloured hula hoops, stood at the center of the field. No contestant in their right mind would have expected something like this to happen. People were laughing, applauding and cheering the aspiring comedians. A lot of memorable photos and videos were taken that later became a good source of laughter. By starting the day with such a wow-effect was the first step to establishing a sense of belonging amongst the students. The rest was up to the games. Sport unites!
Athletic competitiveness was in every way welcomed and cool. That until the competing teams were about to get into a real fight and create a new sport category. Fortunately or unfortunately, they did not succeed. Although some students still managed to harm themselves.
Of course, there were several failed attempts at flying and lots of falling down. By a lot, I mean that even the ambulance paid a visit to the event and some went to the hospital instead of going home. No worries! These homo sapiens without the ability to fly didn’t manage to do anything too damaging. Still, some swollen ankles and knee injuries were an addition as well as the food buffet. Get well soon, dear injured students!!
Talking about the food, an interesting fact for you: Vanessa, our awesome student council member, stayed up baking and cooking until 4 am. After having done that, instead of going to sleep, she decided to make delicious homemade hummus. It was totally worth it, Vanessa. Keep it up! The participants had the chance to buy healthy refreshing smoothies and various salads and snacks. There was no lack of chocolate raspberry muffins either. Mmm… would love to have one now.
Despite all that, our athletes enjoyed the sports day. A lot of victorious happy faces could be seen, but of course some disappointment as well. No worries, you can always do better next year. What happened to those who did great this year, though? They lined up before all the other contestants, they were given a gift bag with cool gift cards and coupons. The sponsors were Tallinn TV Tower, Airplane Harbour, Climbing Ministry, Nightclub Studio, Sportland Estonia, Nivea, Mentos, EBS Gift Shop and others. The top three was made up of the overall winners of all the games. The second place went to our amazing Master’s students. The third place went to first course Business Management and Entrepreneurship students.
The first place? Did they not get the most credit? Of course! They have the honours to carry the special golden travelling cup that has the name of their course – International Business Administration 3A – written on it. The team consisted of Artur Brusnitsõn, Samuel Kilpinen, Johannes Luoto, Santeri Mäkelä, Panu Satama, Daniel Sei, Georg Sura and Ville Korkeakivi. Great job! Will you hold the title next year as well? A challenge for you to stand out amongst the alumni!
A little bit of nice talk as well. EBS can be proud to have so many athletic and active students. If I may ask: do you even go to school? It seems like there were more students at the sports hall than at the university during daytime. No one would’ve predicted such a big amount of attendees. Superb! But what else than sport can you do on a rainy day.
The organisational team promises that the event will be even better next year. How are we going do that? We learn from our mistakes. As an Estonian proverb says: “What was done badly, will be done again”. We have a lot to learn and it’s a new tradition we do want to continue. We managed to create a great base to build on from this year’s event.
If it ends well – all’s well! EBS Student Council would like to thank the head organiser Martin Mee, our university, all the participants, helpers, Õismäe Sports Hall and our sponsors.
Author: Kaisa Pilnik
Translate: Triin Tikk
Editor: Kärt Mättikas