Jon-Allan Butterworth - "Learn to ride a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live."
D.O.B.: 06.02.1986
Hometown: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands)
Current residence: Manchester
Disciplines: 1 Km TT, Team Sprint
 
  
Career Highlights:

Winning 3 silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympics, Jon-Allan's first Paralympic games.

Breaking the World Record for Team Sprint at the 2016 World Championships with Jody Cundy and Louis Rolfe - 49.230s.
 
Flying 200m Time Trial World Record in the C5 class during the 2015 National Track Championships – 10.609s.
 
4Km Individual Pursuit British National Record in the C5 class during the 2012 Paralympic Games - 4:35.026s
 
 
About Jon-Allan:
After leaving secondary school Jon-Allan joined the RAF in 2002 and served in Afghanistan in 2005 and Iraq in 2007 as a SAC(T) Weapons technician. On 4 August 2007 he was involved in a rocket attack on Basra Air Station, Iraq. He was operated on by doctors in a battlefield hospital who carried out an above the elbow amputation of his left arm.
 
While recovering at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court in Surrey, Jon-Allan first made contact with British Cycling coaches at a ParalympicsGB talent ID day in Loughborough on 25 October 2007. However, he did not follow this up as a “return back to work” Programme and was put into action with the RAF, which he wanted to fully commit to.
 
Later in May 2008 he became involved with the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride, a 350 mile cycling challenge around the battlefields of Northern France to help raise funds to benefit other injured servicemen and women. However, as Jon-Allan had not ridden a bike since he was a child there was the issue of him not owning a bike, but with the help of the RAF Benevolent Fund that was soon rectified.
 
Inspired by this experience and watching athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy in the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 he attended a selection weekend in Newport and was accepted onto the British Paracycling Programme in January 2009.
 
Following this Jon-Allan decided that it was time he left the RAF, and focus his efforts on becoming an elite paracyclist. The RAF Association has helped to support Jon-Allan on this journey.

Jon-Allan was selected to represent in country once more as part of ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Games where he went onto win three silver medals.
 
Despite cycling for only a few years he has achieved a great deal and his family are all very proud of him for his achievements, not only in cycling but for overcoming and embracing new challenges in life since his tour in Iraq.


Not one to shy away from a challenge Jon-Allan starred in Channel 4's 2015 series of "The Jump" where he finished 6th and became the first above elbow amputee to do a skeleton run! 

He also took part in a celebrity driving challenge at the prestigious 'Race of Champions' 2015 event which was held in London's Olympic stadium. 
 

Currently Jon-Allan is training for the  Rio Paralympics in September 2016 where he will ride the 1KM time trial and team sprint.