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Jon-Allan Butterworth

At the Company Annual Banquet on Wednesday May 15 2013, and in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Jon-Allan Butterworth was presented with The Master Wheelwrights’ Award for 2012.

Born in 1986 in Sutton Coldfield Jon-Allan left secondary school in 2002 to join the RAF. He was awarded BTEC in 2004 from RAF Cosford after studying Aerospace Engineering. He served in Afghanistan in 2005 and then in 2007 was posted to Iraq as a Senior Aircraftman Weapons Technician. On 4 August 2007 whilst at Basra Air Station, Iraq he was involved in a rocket attack and suffered several injuries. By far the worst was damage to his left arm and field doctors in the battlefield hospital had to carry out an above the elbow amputation.

As part of the normal recovery and rehabilitation at Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre, Surrey he was invited to attend sports and adventure projects. This is part of a programme to enable wounded service personnel to return to an active life under the banner of Battle Back a scheme developed by Paralympics GB and Ministry Defence. Those with specific and high talents are invited to join a specialist programme with the aim of representing GB at the 2013 Paralympics. Funding is not available for that programme and The Worshipful Company as part of its own Battle Back Appeal gave grants towards specialised equipment and training costs for several athletes and teams. Jon- Allan has two prosthetic arms and an arm is clamped on to the handlebars for his cycling.

Jon –Allan had first contact with the British Cycling Coaches at a Paralympics GB talent Identification day at Loughborough University on 25 October 2007. He went back to the RAF under the “back to work” programme. The office role was not for Jon-Allan however much he wished to stay in the RAF. In May 2008 he was involved in a Help for Heroes a 350 miles Bike Ride around the battlefields of Northern France and which raised funds for other injured service personnel. Inspired by this experience and seeing such as Chris Hoy at the 2008 Beijing Olympics he decided to attend a selection weekend in Newport. Despite not having ridden a bike since childhood and not owning one Jon-Allan was accepted on to the British Para cycling Programme in January 2009.

His talent soon showed through in Para cycling Classification C 5:

2010: Silver Medal in Europa Cup.
1 Kilometre Individual Time Trial

2011: Gold Medal and broke World Record in World Championships.
1 Kilometre Individual Time Trial

2012: Gold Medal and World Record in World Championships.
1 Kilometre Individual Time Trial

Silver Medals in London Paralympics:
1 Kilometre Individual Time Trial
4 Kilometres Individual Pursuit
Mixed Team Sprint

Unfortunately suffered a crash in training and affected his performances in the Road Races.

Continuing to train for the Annual World Championships and 2016 Rio Paralympics and whenever possible supports events in raising funds for Help for Heroes.

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