European Youth Olympics Festival

Ilayda Develioglu


22 years old


Turkish, English


What are your passions and hobbies?

Cooking, drawing, researching, and practical thinking.


What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

As a superpower, I want to have top-level leadership skills so I’m trying to improve myself.


What is your favourite dish from your country?

Manti, Iskender kebab, Tahinli.


Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Ibrahim Colak (Turkish gymnast).


The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead, let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? (Sems-i Tebrizi)


What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

I wanted to improve myself in sports and sports organisation, Olympics and Olympic values. That’s why I applied.


What are your goals as an EYOA?

Contributing to and actively participating in the organisation. To do my duties well and to guide future generations.


What would be your dream job in the future?

Sports academic.


What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

To make friendships, to live the spirit of the festival and Olympic values, to gain Olympic knowledge by doing my duties.


What does Olympism mean to you?

Presenting the universal values of sports in the best way.