Meet Team Poppy

Team Poppy

Meet the people behind CIC – Cerebra Innovation Centre

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CIC – Cerebra Innovation Centre is a partnership between The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Charity Cerebra.
The CIC partnership ensures that every child will be able to be included in all activities, to lessen the social stigmas that come with these conditions.
CIC offers bespoke products and equipment to make inclusion possible for children with brain conditions across the UK,
inclusion in activities, products that assist with mobility, communication, IT access, writing, drawing and much more as well as the adaption of existing products.

CIC’s partnership is enabling Poppy and Rob to take part in the Swansea Triathlon this year.
CIC Make bespoke equipment to ensure she is comfortable and most importantly safe throughout the race


Poppy’s Team are made up of amazing innovative people who are pushing boundaries to ensure Poppy’s dream becomes a reality.
The CIC design team includes Dr Ross Head, Product Design Manager at CIC, Dan Cuthbertson, Gerallt Devonald.

Dr Ross Head explains the design process “We were able to design and construct three unique pieces of equipment to enable Team Poppy to compete.
This has been an amazing project for us, not only have we been able to test our design skills, but it has been such a pleasure to work with Rob and Poppy.
The outline plan is quite easy – Poppy and Rob need a chair on wheels and a boat.
But Poppy wants to win! So we need a chair on wheel with suspension, every ergonomic issue addressed and resolved, it must roll well and true, must be comfortable for both users.

It must be light, stiff yet comfortable.
The “boat” will be a unique design, sleek, slender and with the least hydrodynamic resistance possible, yet it must also be stable, strong. And unsinkable.
In celebration of Cerebra’s new brand colours Poppy has chosen a spectacular orange colour for the paint work…
To be able to help them achieve this impressive task really will be a moment to remember”.


Cerebra and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David along with many others such as V-Trak. V-Trak have worked on Poppy’s seating so she is protected and also comfortable and happy throughout the race.
Nalda Wainwright and Dr Peter Herbert at the Wales Institute for Physical Literacy who have helped advise a training plan for Poppy and Rob with their high performance lab.
It is all these people who have come together to make sure Poppy’s condition doesn’t get to dictate what her dreams can and can’t be.
Us all at Activity Wales Events cannot wait to welcome them both to the Swansea Triathlon on the 28th of May

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.