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OZTURK Mehmet Sefa
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Türkiye   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Actor, Artist, Writer
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. (, 01 Nov 2015)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied swimming at national youth level in Turkey. (Facebook page, 14 Dec 2018)
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;, 17 Apr 2017;, 01 Nov 2015)
Other information
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;, 17 Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 C2 Single Freestyle 17.931