Weʼve raised £100 to keep Owen's International Para-Badminton dream alive!
- Funded on Friday, 3rd January 2020
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I am a 28 year old Para-Badminton player born with Spina Bifida and have been playing Badminton since I was 15 and continued my development whilst at Nottingham Trent University where I graduated with a degree in Sports Science.
I've had the privilege of representing England in many tournaments over the years (Such as South Korea for the 2017 World Championships and various countries across Europe)
My career high world ranking was 16th in singles and 20th in doubles back in 2015.
But with injuries, health issues and changes in doubles partnerships over the last few years my rankings have suffered a bit.
In 2020 Para-Badminton will be included in the Paralympic games for the very first time and like many other disabled athletes, my dream is to compete in the Paralympics.
Qualification begins this year and every point will matter in order to qualify but unfortunately, however, I am completely self-funded and struggle to fund the costs needed to be able to travel to these tournaments which also includes the entry fee to represent my country to gain ranking points.
Last year I spent in the region of £4,000 to take part in 5 tournaments which came out of my own disability living allowance benefit, in addition to small donations Nott’s Badminton Association family and friends.
My midterm for this year is qualifying for the World Championships in Switzerland where a top 32 ranking is needed to be eligible to be selected and with the World Championships offering the most points of any tournament it is important to participate in.
Ultimately my goal is to qualify for the Paralympic games and it will be extremely tough as entries are very restricted but I wish to try my utmost best to try and achieve this dream.
The tournaments I hope to attend this year are:
Turkish Para-Badminton International 25 - 30 March
Canada Para-Badminton International 6 - 12 May
Irish Para-Badminton International 17 - 23 June
World Championships (Switzerland) (Must qualify) 20 - 25 August
China Para-Badminton International 23 - 29 September
Denmark Para-Badminton International 15- 20 October
To help achieve my goals and continue my journey, any donation/sponsorship will be ever so appreciated.
- 3 years ago
Owen Kilburn3 years ago
Off to my first tournament of the year this weekend Turkey! Special thanks to Aptus Fastener Systems for their continued support and hope to promote my page further upon my return.
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I am a 28 year old Para-Badminton player born with Spina Bifida & Scoliosis. I’ve been playing Badminton since I was 15 and didn’t expect at the time, that with a disability like my own that you could play sports at a competitive level.