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BUTTERFIELD Joanna
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age39
Place of BirthDoncaster, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51
Further Personal Information
Residence
Glasgow, SCO
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began club throwing in March 2014 after first trying wheelchair rugby.
Why this sport?
She attended a talent identification programme called Girls4Gold.
Club / Team
Forth Valley Flyers: Scotland
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Phil Peat [personal]; Shona Malcolm [personal]
General Interest
Nicknames
Jo (eveningtimes.co.uk, 19 Sep 2013)
Hobbies
Going to cinema, bowling, taking her friend's children to the park. (heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (doncasterfreepress.co.uk, 12 Sep 2016)
Injuries
She underwent surgery in late 2017 to treat an elbow injury that affected her participation at the 2017 World Championships in London, Great Britain, where she came fourth in the F51 club throw. (paralympic.org, 28 Mar 2018)

She competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro despite injuring tendons in her shoulder prior to the Games when a bus she was travelling on moved suddenly. (paralympic.org, 06 Jun 2017; paralympic.org, 28 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Build a good team around you, work to be the best version of you and never give up." (heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named a Member of the British Empire [MBE] in the 2017 New Year's Honours list in recognition of her achievements in Para athletics. (paralympic.org, 31 Dec 2016)

Ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, she carried the baton as the Queen's Relay made its way through the host city. (bbc.co.uk, 21 Jul 2014)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair rugby for the Caledonian Crushers in Glasgow, Scotland. (heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016)
Impairment
In 2012 a tumour was discovered on her spinal cord. Despite being told there was only a 0.01% chance of paralysis following surgery to remove it, she woke up from the operation unable to move her body from the chest down. She spent six months in rehabilitation. "I can move my arms and thumbs, but I don't have any grip in my hands. I have no movement in my wrists. I have very little triceps, so I can't extend my arms in the air." (heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016; glasgowchamberofcommerce.com, 02 Apr 2014)
Other information
GOVERNANCE ROLE
In March 2016 she became a board member of Scottish Athletics. (Scottishathletics.org.uk, 12 Mar 2016)

FORMER OCCUPATION
She served as a civil servant in the British Army before being medically discharged. (heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016)

WHEELCHAIR RUGBY
She helped form the Caldedonian Crushers wheelchair rugby team in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also served as chairperson of the club. (glasgowchamberofcommerce.com, 02 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Club Throw F51 22.81
5 2016 Discus Throw F52 9.40
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 Club Throw F51 21.44
3 2015 Discus Throw F52 8.96
4 2017 Club Throw F51 22.54
  2017 Discus Throw F52  DNS
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Club Throw F32/51 17.68
1 2016 Club Throw F31/32/51 22.75
2 2018 Club Throw F51 21.53