A severely disabled man who suffered sporting Commonwealth Games qualification heartbreak is now British champion.
Tony Butcher won a weightlifting gold medal at the British Championships by lifting 95 kilos.
Delighted Tony said: “I was absolutely gutted not to qualify for the Commonwealth Games so I wanted to prove to myself I could still do well.
“My defeat motivated me to win the British championships.”
Tony, 35, from Roxton, has suffered traumatic injuries in the past including a serious boxing injury and having his jugular vein sliced when the car he was driving was crushed by a juggernaut.
He was also the victim of an assault which left him with a broken neck and suffers from Browns Sequard syndrome, which results in a loss of sensation and motor function caused by spinal cord laceration.
Tony said: “I have never let my injuries stop me from working as hard as I can.
“My next goal is to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.”
He added: “Winning was a special moment.
“It’s not just the gold medal, which is great of course, but it’s being British Champion – after all it’s not every day you get to call yourself a British champion!”
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