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Eda Yildirim

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Residence
Samsun, TUR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2017 in Samsun, Turkey.
Why this sport?
Coach Aytunc Goz discovered her talent for the sport. "I tried football and other athletics events until I realised shot put was my talent. Now I am happy and have goals in my life."
Club / Team
Samsun Ozel Yetenekler Genclik ve Spor Kulubu [GSK]: Turkey
Name of coach
Sinem Yildirim, TUR, from 2017

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Turkey

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, listening to music. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the U17 F20 shot put at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; nottwil2019.ch, 01 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Turkish coach Aytunc Goz. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German shot putter David Storl. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and win a gold medal at the 2024 Games in Paris. (milliyet.com.tr, 21 Feb 2021)
Other information
EARTHQUAKE SURVIVOR
She had to be rescued at age eight when she was trapped under debris caused by the 2011 Van earthquakes in eastern Turkey. She moved to the city of Samsun with her family afterwards. "I was buried in the earthquake and it was a very bad time. I was upset that I could lose my family but I am happy now in a new city. I met my coach and his family and started to laugh and have goals." (milliyet.com.tr, 21 Feb 2021; aa.com.tr, 27 Aug 2019; gazetekarinca.com, 02 Aug 2019)