Paralympian and Help for Heroes beneficiary, Jon-Allan Butterworth has finished sixth in the Final of Channel 4’s ‘The Jump’.
Jon-Allan finished second in last night's first Ski Cross race behind Louise Hazel, forcing him to race again. In the second race he finished third which left him in the bottom three and therefore forced to take on the Air Jump. Reaching 6.30m he was eliminated out of the competition with the shortest jump, finishing sixth in the Final.
The 29 year old, who lives in Sale, Manchester and is originally from Sutton Coldfield, credits his success throughout the competition to losing his arm in Iraq making him more competitive and fearless.
True to his humble but determined nature, he said: “I just jump on a pair of skis, grab one pole for my one arm and ski as hard and as fast as anyone else”. "I've loved every moment, the Skeleton was amazing - it was my highlight."
Jon-Allan secured the fastest time of all the celebrities in the first event of the series, which was the Skeleton, and subsequently was inducted into The Jump Hall of Fame on Sunday's show for making history in this event. He finished second against fellow celebrity competitors JB Gill and Steve-O in the Snow Cross, and he went on to win his race against Stacey Solomon in the Parallel Slalom. He was forced to jump for his survival after losing his head-to head race against Louise Hazel in the Bobsleigh, by just 0.96 of a second. Jon-Allan had to again jump for his survival after losing both of his Ski Cross races. He was last to jump of the bottom three and reached 6.60m, just 0.03m more than Steve-O , knocking the Jackass star out of the competition.
Jon-Allan was severely injured while serving with the RAF as a weapons technician in Iraq in August 2007. He was involved in a rocket attack on Basra Air station and lost his left arm above the elbow as a result.
Less than ten months after his injury, Jon-Allan took part in the Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride, cycling 350 miles around the battlefields of Northern France. Help for Heroes later paid for him to attend a military Paralympic sports camp in San Diego in August 2008, where the British Cycling team’s interest in his talent was cemented.
Jon-Allan is now a leading British talent in sprint and endurance track cycling. As well as winning silver in the team sprint, 1km time trial and 4km individual pursuit at London’s 2012 Paralympic Games, Butterworth set a new world record in 2013 in the 200m time trial in his classification, C5.
For more information about how Help for Heroes has supported Jon-Allan visit his Hero Story HERE.
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Help for Heroes has been involved with Sports Recovery since 2008, and in the past year alone have offered 300 events across 50 different sports enabling over 2,100 wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans to take part in adaptive sports from grassroots through to performance level.
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