Athletes That I’m Supporting

I support the athletes mentioned on this page in three different ways

1- Transferring part of my income during my tour around the world to the athletes

2- Introducing the athletes to my Sponsors supporting my world tour that is to my dream partners or to new sponsors. By this way we become a part of these athletes’ dreams.

3- Transferring half of your cash support to the athletes (Followers Supporting). The other half goes to Traveler Scholarship.

 

I will support the athletes whom I believe would inspire others to realize their dreams as far I can.

It is truly hard to take such a huge responsibility by myself but not impossible.  Please click I WANT TO SUPPORT if you say: “Gurkan we also want to support you in this issue”

 
 

 
 

Aslihan AYGUN – Road Bicycle Turkey Champion

She is a high school student. Started with her sports career in 2012 as a member of Turkish Bicycle Federation and continues at Antalya Youth Sports Club. She won Turkey Championship in the Youth Women category.

Date of Birth: February 22, 2001 Age: 14 Height: 170 cm Weight: 54 kg

Place of Birth and Residence: Antalya – Turkey

Supporters:  Gurkan Genc and followers, Gungorler Bicycle

Trainer: Sevket Simsek – Ekram Sacak

Championships attended between in 2015 and ranks

Alanya Season Start Criterium                                        1st
Fethiye Road Race                                                             3rd
5th Kids Sport Games International Rumi Konya         4th

Kutahya Criterium                                                             2nd

Antalya Interscholastic Road Race                                  1st

Interscholastic Turkey Championship Road Race        3rd

Championships attended between in 2015 and ranks

Mersin Season Start Road Race                                        3rd
Mersin Season Start Criterium                                          1st 
4th Kids Sport Games International Rumi Konya           3rd 
Interscholastic Turkey Championship Time Trial            1st
Interscholastic Turkey Championship Road Race           2nd 
Denizli Turkey Championship Time Trial                          1st
Denizli Turkey Championship Road Race                          2nd
Izmir Season End Road Race                                               1st
Izmir Season End Road Criterium                                       1st

Races not attended during 2014 season and reasons

None

Who inspired you?

Our neighbor who was involved in sports.

Your childhood hero?
None

What do you like most on bicycle

To sprint in the last 200 meters putting my whole power.

Your favorite race

Denizli Road Race Time Trial

Your favorite athlete

Mark Cavendish

How do you know that you are in top form?

When I’m happy and full of pep, then I’m in top form.

How do you continue when you are at your limit?

“No pain no gain”. Pain for you, pain for others! You cry at the race if you don’t cry at the training! Those are my motivation words.

Your biggest success in your career: 

3rd rank at 4th Kids Sport Games International Rumi Konya

What would you like to be if not an athlete?

Dancer or poet

Your hobbies?

Writing poems, playing guitar, visiting historical places.

Your favorite movie?

Hunger Games

Your favorite kind of music?

I like to listen to music. No special song.

 Your best sports partner?

Cenk OZKOK

Your favorite dish?

Pasta

The most famous person you met

Mehmet BAYKAN, Youth and Sports General Director

Your advice to your followers

Follow your destination of success. Never break up with your dreams no matter what people say. You’ll the win in the end

 
 

 
 

Merve TASKIN – 200 metres and 400 metres athlete – An athlete I have started to support in 2014

My sports career has started at 7th class taking attention of my sports teacher. I was the last at my first race but didn’t give up.

After each bad race I set a goal to make better and I already achieved some of my goals.

I achieved many successes thanks to my trainer. We both trained hard and continue to train. I run 400 and 200 m. My best time is 61.80 seconds at 400 m and 26.80 seconds at 200 m

Date of Birth: August 14, 1999 Age: 16 Height: 168 cm Weight: 50 kg

Place of Birth and Residence: Istanbul – Turkey

Education: Erguvan Secondary School

Supporters:  Gurkan Genc

Facebook : Merve Taskın

Trainer: Adnan Uslu

Championships attended between 2013-2014 and ranks

– Izmir Age Groups Turkey Championship                 2nd

– Izmir Age Groups Turkey Championship 400 m     3rd

– Culture and Sports League 6th leg                            1st

– 2013 Mersin Clubs 4×100 metres relay                    1st

– Fastest of Istanbul                                                        1st

– Sadi Gulcelik Race 100 m                                            2nd

– Sadi Gulcelik Race 400 m                                            1st

– Young Athletes Istanbul Championship 400 m       1st

– Young Athletes Istanbul Championship 800 m       1st

 

What do you like most: Hard work and success

How do you know that you are in top form?

Depends on the performance I show during training

How do you continue when you are at your limit?

“I have a goal to achieve” I focus on this and never give up

Your biggest success in your career: 2nd rank at 200 m and 3rd rank at 400 m races during Turkey Age Groups Championship

What would you like to be if not an athlete?

Police officer or an artist

Your hobbies?

To sing

Your future goals?

To race to the top rank first at Turkish and then at World Championships. To be the best.

 
 

 
 

Gizem BEKAROGLU – Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) Athlete – An athlete I have started to support in 2014

She is a social scientist working at UN Ankara (UNHCR).

Her Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) career has begun in August 2012 at Ankara BJJ team trained by Eren Anlar (brown belt) through Mert Berberoğlu. After Eren Anlar left the team and went to Brazil, she continued to train at Corvos BJJ MMA team under the supervision of Deger Bicer (black belt) founder of the club. In September 13, 2013 she became the first woman with blue belt rank of Ankara. Besides her profession she trains 4-5 days per week and continues to attend international championships.

Date of Birth: July 07, 1986   Age: 28  Height160 cm  Weight: 50 kg

Place of Birth: Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Residence:  Ankara, Turkey

Education: Bogazici University

Supporters:  Gurkan Genc, Fenom Kimonos 

Twitter: @GBbekaroglu

Trainers:  Burak Deger Bicer, Mert Berberoğlu

Team: Corvos

Championships attended between 2013-2014 and ranks

Turkish Jiu Jitsu Federation Istanbul Championship (September 2013)        2nd

Munich International IBJJF Championship (November 2013)                                    3rd

Copenhagen International Open IBJJF Championship (NoGi) (May 2014)    1st

Copenhagen International Open IBJJF Championship (May 2014)               2nd

Moscow International Open IBJJF Championship (November 2014)           1st

Moscow International Open IBJJF Championship (NoGi) (November 2014)    1st

Championships attended during 2014 season

Rome International Open IBJJF Championship (April 2014)

What do you like most on BJJ?

Self-esteem and self-reliance you gain with this sport

Your favorite athlete?

Burak Deger Bicer and Tammi Masumeci

How do you know that you are in top form?

When I feel myself still energetic after training three and a half hours per day  and four days a week.

How do you continue when you are at your limit?

When I think that how much I love this sport and remind myself the goals I have set, I find myself training even on my worst day.

Your biggest success in your career

First BJJ blue belt woman athlete of Ankara

What would you like to be if not an athlete?

Artist or sculptress

Your hobbies?

Art history and travelling

Your best training partner?

Asena Melike Agansoy

Your future goals for  BJJ?

Train women and children for BJJ

Become the pioneer BJJ black belt woman athlete of Turkey

What is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ and its history?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport.  

Esai Maeda, a former jiu-jitsu champion of Japan immigrated to Brazil in 1920 where he taught the art to Carlos Gracie.

In 1925 Carlos opened his own jiu-jitsu school. His younger brother Helio because of his small frame couldn’t attend any training lessons but learned the principles of this art by only watching. Then after, Helio adjusted the techniques to suit himself, coming up to an art more effective spending less power thereby creating Brazilian jiu-jitsu which differs from Japanese jiu-jitsu.

It is a method promoting physical fitness training every single muscle from head to toes. BJJ also promotes building character

 
 

 
 

Ayca KUTLU (MTB (mountain bike) athlete I started to support at 2013) 

I’m 6th grade student in Burladingen, Germany. My sports career has begun in 2010 at Gonso Rawoflex RSG Zollernalb club. Since the last 4 years I have attended 40 different MTB XC races  claiming a podium place for several times.

I won the club races in 2012 and 2014 in my age category. I was within backup team of the German National Team in 2013.

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Date of Birth: October 28, 2002  Age: 12  Height158 cm  Weight: 45 kg  Place of Birth and residence: Burladingen – Germany

Supporters:  Followers and supporters of Gurkan Genc, Kron 

Twitter: @kutluAyca 

Antrenörü:  Daniel Sauter ve Oğuz Kutlu

Races attended during 2014 season and ranks

MTB Veringendorf                  3rd       

ALB Gold Böhringen              4th

ALB Golg Böbingen                            9th

RSG Zollernalb club race        1st    

Alb Gold Dettingen                             4th

ALB Gold Neufen                    7th     

ALB Gold Gomaringen            could not attend

LB Gold Gomaringen              could not attend      

Who inspired you?

My father

Your first club
RSG-Zollernalb e.V. Team Gonso Rawoflex

For the time being I’m attending races at U13 category and the next season (2015) at 15 category.

Your childhood hero
Keloglan [Bald boy is a fictional character of Turkish culture]

What do you like most on bicycling?
Anything related with bicycle and to push up my limits.

Your favorite race?
MTB Albgold Gomaringen Sprint race

Your favorite athlete?
My uncle (footballer)

How do you know that you are in top form?

If I feel well at the very beginning of riding, it means I’m fit that day.

How do you continue when you are at your limit?

I continue to drink water and focus on passing the rider in front of me.

Your biggest success in your career

I made several top ranks and won races organized by my club.

What would you like to be if not an athelete?

Archeologist

Your hobbies?

Volleyball and playing violin

Your favorite movie?

Narnia

Your favorite kind of music?

Rock and Pop music

Your best training partner?

I train with my sister Eda

Your favorite dish?

My grandmothers’

The most famous person you met

Gurkan Genc

Your advice to your followers

Whatever you do, do it by heart. If not it you’ll fail!

 
 

 
 

MERVE CEYLAN – Turkish Triathlon ve Duathlon Champion in her age group (Athlete I started to support in 2014)

Studies International Trade. Her sports career began in 2012 as a licensed individual athlete. After riding for Hacettepe University Cycling Team, she became a member of Atlantik Education Sports Club member of Turkish Triathlon Federation in 2013. Riding for this club she claimed the second place in Turkish Duathlon Championship at Elite Women category. She is riding as an individual athlete of Turkish Triathlon Federation since the end of 2013 season. She is also active as a private swimming trainer.

Date of Birth: November 03, 1988   Age: 25  Height:  154 cm Weight: 45 

Place of Birth and residence: Istanbul – Turkey

Supporters:  Gurkan Genc , The North Face   (I’m in contact with two more potential sponsors!) 

Twitter: @mariatriathlete  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerveCeylanTriAthlethe

Trainer:  Halil Emre

Races attended during 2014 season and ranks

Cigli Duathlon                                                                              1st

Antalya Triathlon                                                                         3rd

Iznik Triathlon                                                                              5th

Istanbul Triathlon                                                                        2nd

Egirdir National Championship                                                 2nd

Alanya World Cup                                                                        3rd

Konya Duahtlon National Championship                                 1st

Antalya Middle Distance Triathlon (Half Iron man)                2nd

Antalya Half Ironman Triathlon, October 26th                        3rd

Races not attended during 2014 season and reasons

Mersin Tasucu Triathlon (Budget shortage)

Kutahya Triathlon (Budget shortage)

The April Joke Middle Distance Triathlon (Budget shortage)

Dardanelles Open Water Swim (Budget shortage)

Who inspired you?

I was impressed by the racing cyclists on the coast I saw which inspired me to start cycling.

Your childhood hero?
None

What do you like most on triathlon?

I like the moment I ride still damp after swimming during triathlon.

Your favorite race?

Triathlon Ironman Hawaii World Championship

Your favorite athlete?

Mario Cipollini 

How do you know that you are in top form?

When I’m full of pep, I’m in top form that day.

How do you continue when you are at your limit?

No pain no gain! I try to psychologically prepare myself to handle pain

Your biggest success in your career

My running performance I showed during the Istanbul Triathlon race

What would you like to be if not an athlete?

Artist

Your hobbies?

Drawing, outdoor activities. Historical war movies

Your favorite movie?

The Green Mile

Your favorite kind of music?

Greenday – I walk alone

Your best training partner?

Neval Yaşar Gördük

Your favorite dish?

Hunkar Begendi (A Turkish meat dish made with pureed eggplant)

The most famous person you met

Gökhan Özuğur, leadvocalist of the Turkish band Athena

Your advice to your followers

Take risk and fight for what you want to change. You will the winner at the end.