Meet Poppy

Meet the unstoppable Poppy and her Dad, Rob; Swansea Triathletes 2017

COPY BY TOM BEDFORD Sunday 26 June 2016 Pictured: Poppy Jones and dad Rob before the race Re: A very special father-and-daughter team have tackled the Cardiff Triathlon. Poppy Jones, 11, who will be competing alongside dad Rob Jones, wants to win the event. And sheÕs not going to let the fact that she has quadriplegic cerebral palsy , which means she canÕt sit, stand, roll or support herself, and chronic lung disease stop her. She will be by RobÕs side every step of the way thanks to a cutting-edge wheelchair and boat Ð for Rob to push or pull Ð designed especially for the event, which sees participants take part in a swim across Cardiff Bay , a run and a bike ride.

Poppy is 11 years old and was born with life-limiting Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and a chronic Lung disease.
The condition Poppy has makes life a daily challenge as she cannot sit, stand, roll or support herself, but this really doesn’t stop her at all.
At only 11 years old she is achieving a lot more than others.
Poppy’s Dad Rob describes her unbelievable strength of mind –
“Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’.

COPY BY TOM BEDFORD Pictured: Sunday 26 June 2016 Re: A very special father-and-daughter team have tackled the Cardiff Triathlon. Poppy Jones, 11, who will be competing alongside dad Rob Jones, wants to win the event. And she’s not going to let the fact that she has quadriplegic cerebral palsy , which means she can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself, and chronic lung disease stop her. She will be by Rob’s side every step of the way thanks to a cutting-edge wheelchair and boat – for Rob to push or pull – designed especially for the event, which sees participants take part in a swim across Cardiff Bay , a run and a bike ride.

Poppy has an unbelievable sense of humour, thirst for adventure and a real determination to raise awareness for her condition.
This drive and desire for adventure is highlighted  by Poppy’s dream (and it wasn’t a small one) she wanted to take part in a Triathlon.
Cerebra and The University of Wales Trinity Saint David teamed up,
along with her Dad Rob and turned Poppy’s dream into a reality.

The Cerebra Innovation Centre – a partnership between the charity Cerebra, a charity for children with neurological problems and
the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) came together and formed an incredible design team.
They co-funded the bespoke equipment to enable Poppy to take part in a Triathlon.

COPY BY TOM BEDFORD Sunday 26 June 2016 Pictured: Poppy is pulled along by dad Rob during the race Re: A very special father-and-daughter team have tackled the Cardiff Triathlon. Poppy Jones, 11, who will be competing alongside dad Rob Jones, wants to win the event. And sheÕs not going to let the fact that she has quadriplegic cerebral palsy , which means she canÕt sit, stand, roll or support herself, and chronic lung disease stop her. She will be by RobÕs side every step of the way thanks to a cutting-edge wheelchair and boat Ð for Rob to push or pull Ð designed especially for the event, which sees participants take part in a swim across Cardiff Bay , a run and a bike ride.

There was one minor problem, Rob had to become a Triathlete with zero experience!
His fitness levels had to rocket to make his daughters dream come true.
Rob and Poppy completed a super sprint distance triathlon and since
then together have completed a half and full marathon, but Poppy doesn’t want to stop there.

The next challenge for the formidable pair is The Swansea Triathlon, an amazing city center Triathlon on the 28th of May.
Keep a look out for Poppy and Rob and cheer them along their way!

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We will be keeping up to date with Poppy, Rob, Cerebra and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
You will meet the design team, get to find out about Poppy’s bespoke Triathlon aids
the process of the design and an insight into Poppy and Rob’s training, stay tuned.

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