Finn Butcher grew up in Alexandra, Central Otago, hailing from a family of adventure racers.

He began paddling aged nine at a ‘have a go' day on a local river and immediately fell in love with the sport, developing into an elite athlete over the years.

Butcher was the New Zealand K1 reserve for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and has continued to improve his ability and world ranking since then.

At the 2023 World Championships he gained the Olympic quota spot, finishing 13th in K1 and 11th in Kayak Cross. At the 2023 World Cup on the Paris Olympic course, he won a silver in Kayak Cross.

Paris 2024 will be Butcher's first Olympic Games.​​​