Paralympic gold medalist Jo Butterfield switches to wheelchair curling

Meggan Dawson-Farrell and Gregor Ewan were on the British team at the Beijing Games and are on the wheelchair curling team

Paralympic gold medalist Jo Butterfield has joined the UK wheelchair curling team ahead of the new season.

The 43-year-old won the club’s throwing gold at the Rio 2016 Games and has also won world and European titles.

She is joined by Englishman Stewart Pimblett, who left the transition team.

Beijing Winter Paralympians Meggan Dawson-Farrell, Gregor Ewan, Hugh Nibloe and Gary Smith are all back.

There is also a place for Charlotte McKenna, who was selected for the Paralympic Games but had to withdraw due to injury.

Butterfield, originally from Yorkshire but now living in Glasgow, was paralyzed following surgery to remove a spinal tumor more than a decade ago.

She began her sports rehabilitation playing wheelchair rugby before switching to athletics and now hopes to become the first British athlete to win gold at the Summer and Winter Paralympics.

“It’s really different in the sense that I have to use my brain, which I haven’t done in a long time, but I enjoy the puzzle and I enjoy having something new to learn from scratch. “, she said.

“I think initially you look at it like most sports and think it can’t be that hard, but after my first few weeks of training my brain is exhausted just trying to take it all in.

“Naturally my instinct is to be faster, further, stronger, which is great and helpful – but there’s so much more complexity that goes into curling.

“It’s not about throwing it the farthest or throwing it the fastest, it’s about getting the right shot at the right time with the right process. So I enjoy that mental and physical challenge and just something again.”

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