Aysel Özgan

Aysel Özgan (born May 5, 1978) is a Turkish female paralympic shooter competing in the pistol events. She took part at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.

Aysel Özgan
Personal information
Born (1978-05-05) May 5, 1978 (age 43)
Giresun, Turkey
Years active2004–
SportParalympic pistol shooting
Event(s)P2 Women's 10m air pistol SH1, P4 Mixed 50m air pistol SH1
ClubYıldırım Belediyespor
Medal record
Representing  Turkey
Paralympic pistol shooting
IPC World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2017 Hannover P4 SH1
Silver medal – second place 2016 Bangkok P4 SH1
Silver medal – second place 2015 Fort Benning P2 SH1
Gold medal – first place 2012 Szczecin P2 SH1

Early lifeEdit

Aysel Özgan was born in Giresun, Turkey on May 5, 1978. When she was 12 years old, she was forced to interrupt her education because of health problems. She twice underwent surgery on her neck following a separation of the vertebrae due to an aneurysmal bone cyst.[1][2] She was paralyzed below her chest due to complications that arose from the second surgery and is unable to walk, with restricted movement in her right arm.[3][4] She uses a wheelchair.[1]

After passing a special exam for physically handicapped persons, she was appointed a government official.[2]

In 2015, Özgan moved to Bursa, Turkey. She is an employee of the provincial Youth Services and Sports Administration.[4]

Sporting careerEdit

Özgan's shooting sport career began in 2004 when the Turkish Shooting Championships were hosted in her hometown of Giresun,[3][1][5] Upon urging of her friends, she applied for a license to shoot, and took part in the competition as the only female athlete. She won the championship on her first attempt even though she had not used a firearm before.[3][4][1]

She was called up to the qualifiers, and was selected for the national Paralympic shooting team one year after the first tournament in which she participated.[3]

Özgan competes in the P2 women's 10m air pistol SH1 and P4 Mixed 50m air pistol SH1 events.[6][7][8] Paralympic shooters, who do not need a shooting stand to support the firearm, are categorized in the SH1 class.[9] Özgan is a member of Yıldırım Belediyespor in Bursa.[3]

She represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 2012 London Paralympics.[3] At the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup held in Fort Benning, USA, she qualified to participate at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[4][10]

Özgan took the gold medal in the P2 SH1 event at the 2012 IPC Shooting World Cup held in Szczecin, Poland.[5]

In 2015, Özgan won the silver medal in the P2 10m air pistol SH1 event at the IPC Shooting World Cup held in Fort Benning, United States.[11] This success brought her a quota spot for the 2016 Summer Paralympics.[12] She placed seventh in the P2 10m air pistol SH1 qualification event at the 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup in Osijek, Croatia.[8]

She won the 2016 Turkish Shooting Championship in the 10m air pistol event.[13] At the 2016 IPC Shooting World Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, she took the silver medal with her team mates in the P4 SH1 event.[14]

She became gold medalist in the P4 50m air pistol event of SH1 category at the 2017 IPC World Cup held in Hannover, Germany.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Başarıyı 'öylesine' yakaladı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  2. ^ a b "Aysel Özgan engelleri sporla aştı, şimdi hedef 2020 Tokyo". Fanatik (in Turkish). 3 December 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Engelli atıcı Aysel Rio 2016 yolunda". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  4. ^ a b c d "Bursalı engelli atıcı Rio yolunda". Bursada Vugün (in Turkish). 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  5. ^ a b "Personelimiz Aysel Özgan Dünya Şampiyonu". Giresun Gençlik Hizmetleri ve Spor İl Müdürlüğü. 2012-04-19. Archived from the original on 2016-06-11. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  6. ^ "2015 IPC Shooting World Cup Fort benning – Pehşivanlar Aysegul TUR" (PDF). USA Shooting. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  7. ^ "2015 IPC Shooting World Cup Fort benning - Start List P4 50m Pistol Mixed SH1 Qualification" (PDF). USA Shooting. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  8. ^ a b "Results P4 50m Pistol Mixed SH1" (PDF). 2015 IPC Shooting World Cup Fort benning. 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  9. ^ "Classification". IPC Shooting. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  10. ^ "Two world records conclude IPC Shooting World Cup". IPC Shooting. 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  11. ^ Butler, Nick (2015-11-06). "South Korean treble on penultimate day of IPC Shooting World Cup". Inside The Games. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  12. ^ "Atıcılık'ta Paralimpik Oyunları için 4 kota". TRT Haber (in Turkish). 2015-11-08. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  13. ^ "Atıcılık Türkiye Şampiyonası - 10 m Havalı Tabanca Bayan (p2)" (PDF) (in Turkish). Türkiye Bedensel Enegelliler Spor Federasyonu. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  14. ^ "Result Book - 2016 IPC Shooting World Cup Bangkok" (PDF). IPC Shooting. Retrieved 2016-05-26.
  15. ^ "Yıldırımlı atıcı Aysel Özgan dünya şampiyonu". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 12 May 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2021.