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Karen Butler

Karen first started shooting in 1984 when she was introduced to the sport while working towards her gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

In 1989, she went to Stoke Mandeville for a ‘come and try’ session with the Girl Guide Association. Her first competition was the 1991 European Championships in Bruges, Belgium.

At the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Karen made her Paralympic debut just 18 months after taking up the air rifle. She went on to compete at two other Games, in Atlanta, and Sydney. After injury ruled her out of selection for Beijing, Karen returned to Paralympic competition when she was selected as part of the 12-strong shooting team that competed at London 2012 after she won a quota place at the 2011 IPC Shooting World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.

After placing 12th and 23rd in her first two events, Karen made the final of the R8 50m rifle 3 positions SH1 on the last day of competition at the Royal Artillery Barracks – one of her career highlights to date.

In her most recent Games appearance, Karen represented ParalympicsGB at Rio 2016 in three events but did not make it through the qualifcation rounds.

Outside of the sport, Karen is an assistant at her local Girl Guides (First Stoke Gifford) and sails with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Karen currently works as an administrator for Bristol & South Gloucestershire Girlguiding.

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