Naz Aydemir: Making a sporting family proud


Naz Aydemir has been distributing play for Turkey's national team and the country's top clubs for the best part of the last two decades - and looks for more, in keeping with the precedents set by those around her in her life.

Born in 1990 to a family deeply seeped in sport, her parents Alev and Ali volleyball players themselves, Naz carried on the tradition in spectacular fashion, starting her career with Eczacibasi Istanbul.

At national team level Aydemir has not picked up any major trophies - but with the clubs she's played at she's right up there at the very top amongst the most successful volleyball players.

She's held three FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship trophies with Fenerbahce Istanbul (2010) and VakifBank Istanbul (2013 and 2017), as well as having collected four gold medals at the European Champions League with Fenerbahce (2012) and Vakifbank (2013, 2017 and 2018).

Her family connections with sport, however, do not end with her parernts.

German international football player of Manchester City Ilkay Gundogan is her cousin.

And in 2013 Aydemir tied the knot with Turkish international basketball player Cenk Akyol. Together they now have a 3-year-old son.

The 30-year-old setter has not moved about much and has never ventured to play abroad, just staying within three of Istanbul's top clubs.

But she's already an Olympian from the London 2012 Games and now looks forward to doubling up on that when Turkey head out to the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics later this year, after her role in leading her national team at the European qualifiers early last year.

Naz Aydemir pops out of the dressing room at Apeldoorn, where she led Turkey to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games through the European qualifiers

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