Shaun Butler

Shaun Butler

  • Name : Shaun Butler
  • Current Residence : George, Western Cape - South Africa
  • Birthday : February 24, 1991
  • Birthplace : Carletonville, South Africa
  • Disability : Paraplegic
  • Injury Date : April 20, 2014
  • Type of Injury : Spinal Cord Injury
  • Injury Level : T3 Complete
  • Height : 5' 9.7" | 177 cm
  • Contest Weight : 143.3 lbs | 65 kg
  • Off-Season Weight : 158.7 lbs | 72 kg
  • Year Started Training : CrossFit - 2018 | Bodybuilding - July 2021
  • Favorite Exercise : Lat Pull Down / Pull Ups
  • Favorite Bodypart to Train : Back & Shoulders
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Hailing from the mineral-rich terrain of South Africa, Shaun Butler emerged with a spirit as unyielding as steel. Born on February 24, 1991, in Carletonville, South Africa, Shaun’s journey was destined to be marked by audaciousness and unwavering determination. An innate risk-taker, he confronted adversity head-on, sculpting a resilience that echoed in every endeavor he embarked upon. But it was an unforeseen accident, a rupture in his life’s trajectory, that would ultimately define his path.

Tragedy struck on April 20, 2014, as Shaun’s life took an unexpected turn. A serene Easter Sunday motorcycle ride, destined for charity, transformed into a life-altering event. Navigating a winding hill, his Yamaha YZF-R6 skidded on an oil spill. In an instant, his world spun upside down as he was thrown from his bike, the feeling vanishing from his legs. The impact crushed his T3/4 vertebrae, and dislocated T5/6. But within the confines of his wheelchair, Shaun’s resolve remained unshaken.

Undeterred, Shaun seized the reins of his destiny. Guided by an unquenchable inner fire, he chose to rise above his circumstances. Fitness became his sanctuary, a realm where he discovered newfound freedom and inclusion. From handcycling to CrossFit, and eventually to the world of bodybuilding, Shaun’s unwavering spirit propelled him forward.

His journey from local stages to national platforms echoed his indomitable will. The pursuit of progress, an unflagging commitment, led him to the noble sport of bodybuilding. Armed with a principle of “commit or quit,” Shaun’s journey is one of stark determination, transcending the limits that tried to bind him.


  • What happened? Why are you in the Wheelchair / Why do you have a Disability?

    The course of my life was irrevocably altered on Easter Sunday 2014. Engaged in a charitable motorcycle ride, I hit an oil spill on a winding hill. Losing control of my Yamaha YZF-R6, I crashed, and in that split second, my T3/4 vertebrae were crushed and T5/6 dislocated. My legs lost sensation, propelling me into a paraplegic state, confining me to a wheelchair.

  • Why did you get started?

    The aftermath of my accident ignited a fervent passion for fitness that defied all odds. It granted me a newfound sense of freedom and inclusion. Exploring various sports, from handcycling to CrossFit, I uncovered a passion that liberated me from my limitations.

  • What made you want to compete?

    Witnessing my brother's competitions and encountering a local wheelchair division competitor ignited a spark. Their example demonstrated that even with a disability, I could engage in the rigorous world of bodybuilding. Bolstered by the support of my brother and partner, I embraced the challenge and entered the arena.

  • How did you go about doing it?

    I ventured onto the local IBFF stage within the Disabled division, which served as a stepping stone to national recognition. Embarking on the arduous journey of bodybuilding, I found my true calling and committed myself wholeheartedly to the pursuit.

  • What motivates you?

    My motivation transcends personal achievement. It's about dismantling stereotypes, fostering inclusion, and reshaping perceptions surrounding disabilities. Witnessing individuals inspired to start training or push themselves further, and creating a haven where disabilities cease to be barriers, propels me forward.

  • What suggestions or tips do you have for others?

    Unearth your "Why." As Friedrich Nietzsche succinctly put it, "He who has a Why to live for can bear almost any how." This principle guided me through recovery and continues to underscore the essence of my journey.

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