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Esra Bayrak



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
T20, F20

Further personal information

Samsun, TUR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2013 in Samsun, Turkey.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up Para athletics by coach Aytunc Goz who spotted her talent. "I wanted to change my life. I wanted to win a Paralympic Games gold medal."
Club / Team
Samsun Ozel Yetenekler Genclik ve Spor Kulubu [GSK]: Turkey
Name of coach
Aytunc Goz [personal], TUR, from 2014

General interest

Travelling, reading, watching television. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m at the 2016 International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport [INAS] European Championships in Ankara, Turkey. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019;, 02 Jul 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Aytunc Goz. (, 12 Mar 2021; Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and to become a physical education teacher. (, 27 Jul 2019;, 11 Dec 2018)
Other information
She is one of nine siblings and was fostered to a different family as a child. "I have eight brothers and sisters, so my family gave me to a foster family because they could not afford to raise me as well." In 2020 she organised renovations to her birth mother's house with the support of the governor and mayor of the Carsamba district in Turkey. She had previously stated in 2017 that it was her ambition to buy her family a home. "My mother only wanted a kitchen, but I renovated the house completely. I am very happy for her. I hope I will make it even better in the future." (, 03 Oct 2020;, 03 Dec 2017)


Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2017-07-17 5