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Havva Elmali

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
Turkish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 13.
Why this sport?
She joined a sports club after her foster mother Selma Engin had seen a news story about a visually impaired child competing in sports at international level. She went on to win a medal in a competition three months later and was motivated to try and make further progress.
Club / Team
Yenimahalle Municipality Visually Impaired Sports Club: Ankara, TUR
Name of coach
Hasan Deniz Kalayci [national]

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the U17 T11-T13 1500m at the 2019 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (nottwil2019.ch, 04 Aug 2019; gesf.org.tr, 03 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her foster family. (sabah.com.tr, 12 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and to open a school for people with impairments. (sabah.com.tr, 12 Aug 2019; fanatik.com.tr, 12 Aug 2019)
Other information
FAMILY BACKGROUND
She was raised by a foster family from age four. (ailevecalisma.gov.tr, 10 Jul 2020; sabah.com.tr, 12 Aug 2019; fanatik.com.tr, 12 Aug 2019)