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American athlete Kevin Brousard represents US at IBSA World Games in Seoul

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Kevin Brousard is the only American athlete who represents his country at the 2015 IBSA World in Seoul between May 10-17. He will be competing in discus and shot put. Brousard is a B3/F3 classified athlete.

Kevin Brousard. Imagae credit: USASBA

Kevin Brousard. Image credit: USASBA

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Brousard joined the track and field team at high school. He won a silver medal in shot put at the 2007 IBSA World Youth Games, which was his first ever competition. This made him continue doing the sport in college. He has achieved remarkable results at the University of La Verne. He claimed three gold medals in shot put, discus and javelin at the 2009 IBSA Pan American Games. In 2011, he took two gold medals in shot put and discus at the IBSA World Games in Antalya, Turkey.

Kevin Brousard. Imagae credit: USASBA

Kevin Brousard. Image credit: USASBA

The-25-year-old is gearing up for his second World Games since last April. He trained two to three days a week in the field, and he also had weight-lifting training to increase his level of physical strength. He, however, sustained a backache in August, 2014, so he was forced to stop training. He returned to competitive action in January, 2015. He smashed the USABA’s official record with a throw of 41.58m in discus at the Ben Brown Invitational this March.  Although he re-injured his back, he set the best record of 44.11 meters in April in San Diego, ahead of the 2015 IBSA World Games.

His visual impairment is a result of Stargardt disease, a progressive disorder that affects the retina in eyes, when he was born. He was diagnosed with this disease in his first grade of primary school, resulting in needing to use the corrective contact lenses. “Even with the contacts which I still wear today, I have a visual acuity of 20/400, compared to the ideal vision of 20/20,” he said in the interview with the University of La Verne.

The Athletics competition gets formally underway at the IBSA World Games on May 11 and runs until May 15 at the Incheon Munhak Stadium in Incheon, Korea. Athletes are scheduled to be able to start training at the facility as of May 8, two days before the start of the opening ceremony.

Around 6,000 athletes from 58 different countries are expected to participate in the 2015 World Gams.  They will be participating in nine different sports including athletics, chess, 5-a-side football, goalball, judo, powerlifting, showdown, swimming and ten-pin bowling. The competition is part of the 2016 Summer Paralympic qualifying program for athletics, swimming and judo where competitors can get qualifying points or meet Minimum Qualifying Standards.  For goalball, there are qualification spots available for Rio.  The United States is not sending teams as the men’s and women’s teams already qualified at last year’s IBSA Goalball World Championships.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
<p>EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.</p>

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