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Deniz Kayadelen

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Deniz Kayadelen is a 33-year-old Turkish open water swimmer and author.

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2020 WOWSA Awards[edit]

The Peace Route Swim was nominated for the 2020 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year category with the following nomination: Nine swimmers, ages 33 to 60, from Turkey took on an ambitious goal: to swim 91.27 km from Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to the Turkish mainland. This was the first time this route had ever been attempted. Along the 37 hour 30 minute relay crossing in the Mediterranean Sea, Erman Akkaya (55), Temel Yakşi (60), Nükhet Atilgan (46), Mehmet Hilmi Soylu (43), Pelin Çelik (48), Zafer Özdem (60), Deniz Kayadelen (33), Burçak Tümay Pekel (33), and Murat Meto (47) encountered much marine life including sharks, while facing warm water and air. They laughed and they worried. They relaxed and they stressed out with the vastly dynamic sea conditions, ranging from a calm sea and tranquil conditions during the daytime hours to challenging turbulent conditions over a long night of uncertainty. For pioneering a new relay swim route from Northern Cyprus to the Turkish mainland, for bringing together young and older swimmers of both genders and various speeds in a successful relay, and for swimming for and celebrating peach through the expression of open water swimming on World Peace Day, the Peace Route Swim by nine swimmers of Turkey is a worthy nominee for the 2020 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

2020 Peace Route Swim Relay Members[edit]

English Channel Relay[edit]


Emre Deliveli, Raha Akhavan-Tabatabaei, Yasemin Bagana, and Deniz Kayadelen are part of Team Channel Swim across the English Channel on 25 August 2019.

North Channel Relay[edit]


Emre Deliveli, Raha Akhavan-Tabatabaei, Ayse Yasemin Bagana and Deniz Kayadelen, the first Turkish team to complete a relay across the 35 km North Channel on 30 July 2019.

Out of Comfort Zone[edit]

She wrote the book Out of Comfort Zone: Cutting Edge Business Lessons Based on Sports Psychology from the Experience of an Extreme Swimmer that was launched on 9 December 2020. The book was written during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa. It documents the inspiring journey of an extreme swimmer and management consultant to give insights on how readers can explore their limits, transform pain to success, and realize their dreams. Swimming is used both as a metaphor and a bridge to corporate life. Inside, readers will find real-life examples of how they can follow their passion, face challenges fearlessly, and expand their growth zone. Readers will get practical tips about useful breathing and meditation exercises, how they can start with cold water training, and, more generally, how they can prepare mentally and physically for any challenge.

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