Paralympic Swimmer and Painter / Not Giving Up Expert VEW Mentor
Sümeyye Boyacı was born in Eskişehir in 2003, was born without both arms and achieved great success. She began painting using her feet when she was only four years old, and learned to swim at the age of 5 in just a 12-hour period. In 2009, she attracted attention by drawing the cover picture of the book Russian Folktales. In the same year, she won the title of "The First Turkish Child to Open an Exhibition in Russia" with her personal painting exhibition held in Moscow as part of the April 23 events. Her interest in marbling art began at the age of 7, and she exhibited her talents by opening her first personal marbling exhibition in Eskişehir at the age of 11. During this period, she actively participated in many social responsibility projects. This talented young woman, who continued her education at Eti Social Sciences High School, came second in her graduation. She is currently studying International Relations at Koç University. Sümeyye Boyacı has started her sports career in 2013 and came first in all Turkish championships she participated in, received the title of National Athlete in 2016. In the following years, she won medals in swimming competitions held in many countries such as Berlin, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Brazil, USA and Singapore. She broke new ground in Turkish swimming history and received the title of "The First Female European Champion in the History of the Republic in Swimming" by winning the gold medal at the Paralympic European Championship held in Ireland in 2018. She achieved another important success in Turkish swimming history and came second at the World Championship held in London in 2019. Barbie, the doll making brand has selected "Inspiring Women of the Year" in different countries in 2020, designated Sümeyye Boyacı from Turkey as a "Role Model". A Barbie Doll by Sümeyye Boyacı was produced to be exhibited in the Barbie Museum in the USA. She successfully represented our country at the World Championship held in Manchester in 2023 and won a bronze medal. She earned the right to gain quota for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and won the 3rd place in the World title with this success she had in Manchester.