For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, Karate has become an Olympic sport. Even more exciting - Jamaica has an athlete among the best Karate athletes in the world. I invite you to be a part of my journey as I venture through the qualification process.
My name is Alton Brown and I am a UK-born Jamaican Karate athlete, representing Jamaica globally at the highest levels within my sport. As the holder of dual nationality, I am the number 1 ranked athlete for Jamaica, the number 1 ranked national champion for England, the third highest ranked Pan-American athlete* and currently 15th in the world on the all time Karate ranking for my division. Most importantly, I am in the Olympic qualification process for Jamaica, and blazing a trail towards qualifying a place at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.
This event will see the world’s best Karate athletes compete, whilst inspiring generations through their skill, dedication and determination.
As a former European champion, World medalist and Commonwealth Games medalist, I started Karate at the age of 11 in a tiny church hall in East London. As a young boy, the Karate club was the one place I truly felt at home. Karate taught me that I was 100% in control of what I could achieve in life, if I was willing to put in the work, nothing could stop me from achieving my goals.
Unlike my opposition, I am a self funded athlete and have worked full-time alongside my sport for the past 15 years to self-fund my participation as an athlete representing my country. This has been no easy feat, but despite this I have still been able to achieve highs of number 14 in the world! I'm continually making history for Jamaica as the sole representative with the ranking, to contend in the Karate1 Premier League, the most important Karate league event in the world, and whilst doing so, develop and pave a way for future generations.
With 15 months remaining until the qualification process for the Olympic Games ends, it is essential that I'm able to raise enough money to continue to take part in the annual calendar of key qualification events taking place globally and through which, Olympic Ranking points are earned.
Jamaica is in the race for the 2020 Olympic Games, however we are in danger of losing this opportunity due to lack of funding.
Where will the money go?
The annual cost of participation in the qualification process alone is £15,000. I need to raise a minimum of £5,000 on this platform to enable me to continue to participate this year. This will cover:
- Cost of flights to and from international competitions
- Cost of accommodation during competitions
- Cost of entry fees for competitions
What if I raise more than my target?
I would love to dedicate myself and my time 100% to achieving Olympic success, therefore if I raise over my target, the fund will contribute to allowing me to focus a larger proportion of my time and energy to the essential training and preparation which will lead to qualifying for the Games in 2020.
I have the talent, the determination and the dedication to become an Olympic Champion, but as a Jamaican athlete, I do not have the funding to allow me to attend the full calendar of events. Competing at the Olympics in Japan is about me completing this amazing journey and paving a way for future talent.
As a father, I want to be able to show my two beautiful daughters, that anything is possible. Regardless of the obstacles placed in front of us, if you put your mind to it, you can achieve the seemingly impossible! Help me inspire a generation to truly believe that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Keep up to date with the journey:
Instagram - @TeamAlton2020
Facebook - /TeamAlton2020
Hashtags - #GetTeamAltonTo2020 #TeamAlton2020
* (in relation to the current world ranking for my category)