Holiday hotspot with Great Britain’s Jo Butterfield

The Paralympic champion found time to relax after Rio 2016. 21 May 2017
Holiday Hotspot - Jo Butterfield

Jo Butterfield tells us her favourite holiday destination.

Great Britain’s Jo Butterfield only made her international debut in 2014 – since then her track and field success has been non-stop, winning world, Paralympic and European titles in the club throw F51.

After winning gold at Rio 2016, Butterfield took a long-awaited break. Here is her Holiday Hotspot:

Jo Butterfield – My Holiday Hotspot:

It’s an easy one for me. I haven’t been on many holidays, certainly since I’ve been in a wheelchair. It’s partly training and stuff – you miss a summer because you’re always competing. But after Rio 2016 I went to Cape Verde and absolutely loved it.

There is sunshine in the winter, which you don’t get often in Scotland. I hired a car and went to a deserted beach where I could drive right to the edge of the water, transfer on to the floor and be sat on the sand with my feet in the water. There was not a soul there - it was paradise.

My two essential items:

It would probably be my mobile phone – for pictures as much as anything. And a sense of adventure!


Butterfield will be looking to retain her world title at the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships betwee 14-23 July. To buy tickets, please click here.