Commonwealth Games Dream is over for Tony


A Roxton man who is severely disabled suffered sporting heartbreak in his attempt to qualify for this summer’s prestigious Commmonwealth Games.

Tony Butcher was unsuccesful in his bid to make the cut for the 97kg to 107kg category at the British Senior Weightlifting and IPC Powerlifting Championships held yesterday in Coventry.

A disappointed but defiant Tony said: “It all went wrong from start to finish. I had a lift not given to me which meant I was playing catch-up with my two remaining lifts and unfortunately I was not able to lift the 90ks required.

“I am really annoyed with myself and as my Commonwealth dream is now over. But I don’t want to give up on this and will to keep going.”

Tony, 35, who has endured a serious boxing injury, had his jugular vein sliced when a juggernaut crushed a car he was driving and has been the victim of an assault which left him with a broken neck and Browns Sequard syndrome - which renders a loss of sensation and motor function caused by spinal cord laceration - has vowed to carry on weightlifitng.

Inspirational Tony said: “I’m not going to lay down and let the world pass me by - I’m determined to dust myself down crack on and crack on as there is the World Championships in June which I’m determined to do my best at.”