Athletics: Butterfield becomes world champion in less than two years

Jo Butterfield
Jo Butterfield

Doncaster-born Jo Butterfield has become a world champion thrower just 18 months after taking up the sport.

Butterfield, who hails from Woodlands but is now based in Scotland, won gold for Great Britain at the recent IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

The 36-year-old was diagnosed with a tumour on her spinal cord in 2011 which resulted in her being paralysed below the waist.

She played wheelchair rugby before taking up athletics last year - and is now on course to star at the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.

Butterfield won gold in the T51 club throw discipline with a championship record throw of 21.44 metres.

“I was a bit nervy, but I knew I had a big throw in me,” said Butterfield.

“My first couple of throws out there were a bit dodgy but then I nailed the big one and that made me relax a little bit.

“I have a great team supporting me and I’m now a full-time athlete, which makes a big difference and I can put everything into it.

“I’m improving all the time and I’m excited about what I can achieve.”

Butterfield also took bronze in the F52 discus with a European record of 8.96m.

She moved to Glasgow in 1997 to study at university but her parents still live in Woodlands.