We’re sure most of you who watch Channel 4’s The Jump will be aware who Jon-Allan Butterworth is as a Paralympic medal winning cyclist, but what you may not know about him is his inspirational story from the RAF to the Paralympics.Jon-Allan joined the RAF in 2002 after he left school and served in Afghanistan and Iraq respectively as a weapons technician. Unfortunately, he was involved in an attack on the Air station in Basra in 2007 where he was injured and had to have an above elbow amputation in a battlefield hospital.
This was never going to be the end for Jon-Allan’s relationship with the RAF though as he entered their Back to Work programme and was fully committed to this throughout 2008. Despite not having ridden a bike since he was a child, he become involved with the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride (a 350 mile cycling challenge to help raise funds for injured servicemen and women)
This was where his love affair with bikes really began and with a little inspiration from the incredible achievements of the British Olympic and Paralympic cycling teams in 2008, Jon-Allan tried out at a selection event and was accepted onto the Paralympic Cycling programme in 2009.
Jon-Allan has proved already this week that he’s multi-talented by already winning the men’s Skeleton event and qualifying from the Snow Cross event on The Jump, but this doesn’t even begin to compare to his accomplishments on the track.
In just a few short years on the track, Jon-Allan has won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals at some of the biggest cycling events in the world, including the World Track Championships and the Paralympics… he’s even got a handful of British Records and a World Record to his name!
We know you’ll join us in wishing our friend Jon-Allan all the best in The Jump and for his career ahead.