Butterfield took up Para athletics in 2014 and has since won Paralympic, world and European titles.
Her first major international competition was the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain, where she won club throw F32/51 gold (17.68m), a title she retained two years later in Grosseto, Italy, with a world record throw of 22.75m.
At her first World Championships in 2015 she won two medals. She claimed gold in the club throw F51 (21.44m) and bronze in the discus F52 (8.96m).
She was crowned Paralympic club throw F51 champion at Rio 2016 after extending her own world record to 22.81m. She also finished fifth in the discus F52 (9.40m).
Whilst serving as a civil servant in the British Army in 2012, doctors found a tumour on her spinal cord. Despite being told there was only a 0.01 per cent 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.
In March 2016 she became a board member of Scottish Athletics.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
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, 28 Mar 2018, 06 Jun 2017)
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)
In March 2016 she became a board member of Scottish Athletics. She also helped form the Caldedonian Crushers wheelchair rugby team in Glasgow, Scotland, and has served as chairperson of the club. (scottishathletics.org.uk, 11 Nov 2019; glasgowchamberofcommerce.com, 02 Apr 2014)
She served as a civil servant in the British Army before being medically discharged. (scottishathletics.org.uk, 11 Nov 2019; heraldscotland.com, 02 Jan 2016)
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