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Mehmet Sefa Ozturk

Para dance sport

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
L&F2

Further personal information

Occupation
Actor, Artist, Writer
Languages
Turkish
Higher education
Performing Arts - Istanbul University State Conservatory: Turkey

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
He was involved swimming as a child but left the sport at age 19 to become a professionally trained ballet dancer. He switched to Para dance sport after his accident. "I never gave up dancing."
Name of coach
Mehmet Gazi [national]

General interest

Most influential person in career
His mother. (haberturk.com, 01 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied swimming at national youth level in Turkey. (Facebook page, 14 Dec 2018)
Impairment
In July 2006 he was involved in a motorcycle accident on the same night he graduated from the Istanbul University State Conservatory in Turkey. He broke his back in the incident (Facebook page, 14 Dec 2018; sabah.com.tr, 17 Apr 2017; haberturk.com, 01 Nov 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is a classically trained ballet artist and dancer, having graduated from the Istanbul University State Conservatory in Turkey in 2006. He performs in his wheelchair for the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality City Theatre and Istanbul State Opera. (Facebook profile, 18 Nov 2019; sabah.com.tr, 17 Apr 2017)