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29th September 2019

Owen’s Tokyo Dream a Step Closer

Owen Kilburn & Mick Newton - 2019Nottinghamshire Badminton Association has provided a grant of £1000 to Owen Kilburn towards his chase for qualification for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year.

Owen can be seen in the photo receiving a cheque from his Coach Mick Newton on behalf of Notts BA.

All of the Badminton Family across the County wish Owen all the very best on his challenging journey.

In August Owen wrote “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.

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.

To help achieve my goals and continue my journey, any donation/sponsorship will be ever so appreciated.”

Click here to access Owen's 'Just Giving' crowdfunding page.


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