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23rd February 2015

Success Stories - Owen Kilburn

Owen KilburnThe Anders Foundation, set up in memory of England International Anders Nielsen, recently helped Owen Kilburn purchase a new sports wheelchair.

Owen is a 24 year old Nottingham Trent University Student and has played wheelchair Badminton for 9 years and is now a player who represents England in Para-Badminton.

Last year he won his first International medal at the England Para-Badminton Championships in June, getting the Bronze medal in the WH1-WH2 mixed doubles. He also participated in the European Championships held in Spain reaching the Quarter Finals in the WH1-WH2 mens doubles category.

Owen writes: "I have just competed in the 4 Nations Para-Badminton Championships in Scotland where, despite not being 100% fit, I managed to reach the semi-final in the wheelchair mens singles losing to the eventual winner and England team mate Connor Dua-Harper 5-21, 15-21.

In the mens doubles my partner withdrew from the tournament a couple days before due to illness, so unfortunately I didn't get to play mens doubles and we were certainly one of the favourites.

In the mixed doubles I teamed up with Fiona Christie of Scotland for the first time. We reached the final and though I was disappointed with my own personal performance, feeling exhausted and still unwell from illness, we grinded out a win to take Gold in the mixed doubles winning in 3 games 18-21, 21 - 14, 21-19 against fellow English pair Denny Vettom and Sharon Jones-Barnes.

The new chair has definitely helped my game a lot. It was just so unfortunate that I was ill and my fitness over the weekend was terrible because of it so I wasn't playing and using it to full capacity and intensity."

Owen writes: In 2015 my first tournament will be the Scottish 4 Nations championships in Glasgow in February; followed by the Spanish International at the end of March. Other possible tournaments are the China International in May and the Irish International in June. And towards the end of this year the World Championships which are expected to be in England. I hope to build on what I have achieved last year and win more medals in International competition and my biggest goal is to play in the 2020 Paralympics."

He will be taking part in the England Para-Badminton squad training camp at Hatfield, Herts next week and in an exhibition at the Nottingham v Loughborough NBL match on the 26th of January.

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