Barry Butler

Barry Butler was injured at the age of nine in 1955 and was sent to Lyndhurst Lodge in Toronto for rehabilitation. Later, he had multiple operations over several years at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. At the hospital, Barry often finished all the activities the occupational therapists had to keep him busy. He was then encouraged to try table tennis as a way to pass the time. Barry was a natural and was able to beat all his fellow competitors at the hospital. He kept playing the sport and when he learned about table tennis as a competitive sport for athletes with a physical disability, he began competing in 1975. Barry says that tactical play, observation, learning, experimentation and practice are all essentials to being a success table tennis player.

Barry won the bronze medal at the 2010 Copa Tango V111 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the bronze medal at the 2007 Atlantic Cup in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. He was Canadian Wheelchair Singles Champion in 2011, 2009 and 2008; and Canadian Wheelchair Doubles Champion in 2010, 2009 and 2008.

Barry trains in Ottawa with the Ottawa Para Table Tennis Club. He is a retired consultant. At 65, Barry is the oldest athlete on Team Canada at the 2011 Guadalajara Parapan American Games.