Your successes as the Turkey Women’s National Volleyball Team in Europe made all of us proud. You especially were the best in receptions. What is the source of this success?
Turkey Women’s National Volleyball Team players have been playing together for a long time. When you look at it, there are very young players too but most of us are experienced players. Throughout our sports careers we all played in very high-level games and now we are able to shake off that stress and nervousness of big games. Of course, we can also say that our team is successful because it is an ambitious and energetic team.
You got married last year. Congratulations. What is the role of your family in your achievements?
Thank to my dear husband Onur
Thank you. I always say; I believe that my marriage brings me luck. My husband Onur Sonsirma is indeed my biggest supporter, he has always been by my side in tough times and good times too. If I achieved something, if I am mentioned when volleyball in Turkey is in question, both my husband and my family have great share in this. I was badly injured in 2008 but they never gave up hopes on me, always encouraged. Through this opportunity, I want to thank my dear husband Onur, my mom and dad, all my family.
What plans do you have other than volleyball?
I am not planning to do anything related to volleyball in the future; all I want is to be a mother after quitting!
How would you evaluate Turkey’s position regarding volleyball?
In Turkey, the most successful team sport is definitely volleyball. But unfortunately, I cannot say that we are appreciated decently. When a football team of our country ranked third in Europe, it was the biggest deal but when a similar thing happens in volleyball, we cannot observe such an effect. We keep saying ‘More successful we are, more support will there be’ but sadly we haven’t seen that yet.
What would you suggest to younger volleyball players who take you as an example?
Whatever you are doing, do it with love. When you do not, then it helps neither you nor others. Therefore, I suggest them to live in love, will and working hard, also to improve themselves at every turn.Turkey Women National Volleyball Team