Where my career changed – Jaatma reflects after third win in Nimes
“When I was younger, I was scared to shoot with top archers,” says Estonia’s Lisell Jaatma.
“Now I know I can win the big competitions.”
Four years ago, the then-19-year-old wasn’t considered a contender at senior internationals, although she had a nice collection of medals from youth events.
“I’ve become more confident and calm. I’m stronger, wiser and have more experience,” she adds.
Her fourth attempt at Nimes – in 2020 – brought a breakthrough.
“Everything changed after that,” says Lisell.
“I got my first bigger sponsorship deals and I was more determined than ever.”
“It felt good to be back. It was familiar,” she says.
Last season brought results on the Hyundai Archery World Cup, too. Jaatma made two final fours, medalling in the season opener, and qualified for her first season finale.
But Nimes – and her continued success in the south of France – is the foundation of Lisell’s fame.
“It’s one of the biggest competitions and you know there are so many good archers there,” she says.
“For me, it’s the competition where my archery career changed.”