The 26-year-old, who belongs to Leeds Rowing Club, is a British rower competing in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics this year.
Initially Buttrick began rowing as an able-bodied athlete near her home in Leeds after seeing people row at Roundhay Park.
But when she began her geography degree at Northumbria University she was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration (JMD), an inherited eye disorder.
Buttrick suffers from a type of JMD known as Stargardt disease, a disorder that affects the retina, specifically a small area near the centre called the macula.
Intent on creating a career out of rowing, she gained her classification as a PR3 athlete and later joined the GB para-rowing squad, training alongside Paralympic champions Grace Clough and Dan Brown.
Buttrick went on to become a World Champion in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four, defending her title at the 2019 World Championships in Austria.
The geography graduate also works part-time for the resettlement programme at the Refugee Council in Leeds, helping Syrian families to settle in Yorkshire.
Speaking of the Leeds athletes competing in the Games, Leeds City Council's Salma Arif said:
“We are extremely fortunate and proud to have some truly wonderful Paralympians representing the city in Tokyo, who over many years have worked incredibly hard and shown such amazing determination and talent.
We wish them the very best of luck competing on one of the world’s greatest and most iconic sporting stages.”
You can watch Ellen Buttrick compete in the Games from 27 August in the PR3 Mixed Coxed Four rowing event.
See the full schedule for the Games here.
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