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Butterfield buoyed by stiff competition

Butterfield buoyed by stiff competition
Jo Butterfield

Jo Butterfield is relishing the prospect of being challenged in next month's World Para Athletics Championships London 2017.  

The 38-year-old discus and club thrower has enjoyed a meteoric rise after only making her international debut in 2014 and will be competing in both events.

The former army civil servant bagged gold in the Rio 2016 Paralympics and is excited to compete in front of a home crowd at London Stadium between July 14-23.

"It’s strange, it is weird. When I first went it was as a spectator in 2012 and it was one of those where I was thinking ‘if I could do that it’d be pretty amazing’.

"I’ve had a taster for it when I did the Anniversary Games, I’ve done that twice and the crowd is phenomenal and that’s what I remember.

"Every other competition we go to there’s usually not that many people around so to know we’re going to have home support spurs you on."

Butterfield smashed the F51 club throw world record last year and has since seen it broken again by America's Rachael Morrison, but Doncaster-born Butterfield is still buoyed by the extra competition she's up against.

"It’s good for the event, there’s more people coming in. All the events are getting tougher, people are getting more serious about it and I think that’s what you need. 

"We have to work hard and keep at that top level, I’m not scared at what’s been achieved. I’ve had a tough year but I’m pretty confident as I usually perform my best at major championships."

Discounted tickets are available for adults at £9, while children can gain entry to the Championships for only £3. All details here.