Kevin's Badminton Journey

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Kevin Barkman is a 22 year old Badminton player on the international circuit  with the target of competing at the 2020 and/or 2024 Olympics. The goal isn’t a simple one, or one that he can achieve by himself, and he knows it. 

Currently Kevin works full time while training and coaching, but it is becoming apparent that  he needs to focus more time on training  and tournaments if he is to realize his dream. The current qualifying requirements call for the accumulation of qualifying points that can only be attained through participation of a considerable number of tournaments on the circuit and doing well. 

This puts Kevin at a distinct disadvantage due to a lack of funding to train and participate in tournaments, but Kevin is seeking to set an example for future Olympians that it can be done through community. That it is not just about competing but also about being a part of, and giving back to the community. Kevin lives mainly in South East Manitoba and Spokane WA. where he coaches and mentors younger athletes in addition to training. 

If you own a business in the Spokane WA or Steinbach MB areas, and would like to support your community through sports then please consider sponsoring Kevin. Through his efforts of coaching and mentorship in both these areas, he would love to join with you in uplifting the youth of the community. This is also a great way to get your brand out there in a positive light. We invite all individuals and businesses to email Kevin at kibarkman@mail.com if you would like any additional information. Alternatively. if you would like to donate to this effort, you may do so directly by clicking on the donate button as well.

All support received will go directly into costs  for competition, flights, food and hotels.

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Hello Everyone,
I am writing from Iguacu Brazil! It is beyond beautiful here.
I lost yesterday in the round of 32 against Italy, gaining me 920 world ranking points. It was a close game, 21-18, 22-20. It is always heart breaking to lose something that close, especially if you feel the umpires and luck are against you. However, I am learning lots. I am playing the level I need to play, and only improving. I am pleased with my progress and excited moving forward.
In battles this close it is important to improve the 1% that you can. That 1% is the winning or losing of many games, and even the gap between losing early and making the finals at a lot of these International tournaments. I am giving it my all, and next time I plan to do one better!
Here is to leaving blood, sweat, and tears, not only on the court, but in everything we do in between!

Thanks everyone!
Landing in Iguacu
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Hi Everyone!
I ended up winning my second match at the Jamaica International. However in the third match I played Osleni from Cuba and lost.
I learned a lot from the match and I am very pleased with how my performance improved through each match.
I head into Brazil excited to move ahead!
Thank you all for your support!
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Hi Everyone!
I won my first match here in Jamaica! Play again in the next half hour or so.
Thanks for the support!
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Hi Everyone!
I am in Jamaica for the Jamaica International. We have been here a few days practicing, which has been really great. I play today at 4pm against Jamaica. I am really excited to play. I am in better form than I have been since getting back from China so that is exciting too. The weather is really hot and humid which is taking some getting used to. The venue is nice though, and despite all the ants and bugs the apartment we are staying in nice too, and thankfully fits all four of us which is nice.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
Our hotel
Waiting for transport
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