Turan Akalın

Turan Akalın (born 1984) is Turkish wheelchair tennis player and wheelchair curler.

Turan Akalın
Personal information
Born1984 (age 3435)
SportWheelchair tennis, wheelchair curling
Clubİzmit Tenis K. (wheelchair tennis)
Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K. (wheelchair curling)

In 1998 at the age of 14, he lost his both legs below knee at a train accident in Izmit as he was crossing railroad. Akalın is now working at the Kocaeli University's hospital.[1]

He began with tennis playing in 2004 at the İzmit Tennis Club. Akalın won the singles and the doubles titles at the Turkish Wheelchair Tennis Championship in 2011 and 2012.[2][3]

In 2012, he began performing wheelchair curling at the Istanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi S.K.,[4] and was admitted to the newly formed national team.[5] Akalın participated as skip at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship – Qualification Event in Lohja, Finland, at which Turkey made its international debut in this Winter Paralympic sport category.[1] Winning only one game and ranking so 10th, his team missed to qualify for participation at the 2013 World Wheelchair Curling Championship.


  1. "Tren kazası şampiyonluğunu engelleyemedi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  2. "Tenis-Şampiyonlar belli oldu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  3. "Tekerlekli Sandalye Tenis Türkiye Şampiyonası Ankara'da yapılacak" (in Turkish). Engelliler Biz. 2011-03-23. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  4. "Tekerlekli Sandalye Curling Takım Kadroları" (in Turkish). İstanbul BB. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
  5. "Bedensel engelliler Milli takımı Erzurum'da". Erzurum Ajans (in Turkish). 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2013-01-06.

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