Poppy and Rob Swansea Triathletes

Poppy and Rob are Swansea Triathletes

We have introduced you to the amazing Poppy and her dedicated father Rob.

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On Sunday this formidable duo became Swansea Triathletes, tackling the sprint triathlon course around Swansea City Centre as ‘Team Poppy’.
Team Poppy took on the course with specially adapted equipment designed especially for Poppy to complete the Swansea Triathlon by Cerebra Innovation Centre.

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(To find out more about CIC and Team Poppy click HERE)
Poppy and Rob became Swansea Triathletes with an impressive time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

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Swansea Triathlon 2017 Race Report

Swansea Triathlon 2017 Race Report

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Swansea Triathlon 2017 took place on Sunday 28th of May in Swansea City Centre.
Almost 1000 athletes whizzed around around the city in this years sprint triathlon.

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Swansea is the second race of Activity Wales Event’s race season and certainly one not to be missed.
There were astounding crowds all around the course creating an unbeatable atmosphere.

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Our Swansea Triathletes delivered making the race for top 3 positions a tough and very close one!
In first place and smashing the course record was Alex Matchett with a time of 55 minutes and 58 seconds, an extremely close second came Deri Stewart with a time of 58 minutes and 28 seconds. Deri also came second last year but this year he really came back fighting, beating his own previous time by 6 minutes and 8 seconds.
In third came junior Ben Bartlett with a time of 58 minutes 44 seconds.
All three top male came nail bitingly close, these winners are ones to watch in future events!

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Now if you thought that was a close top 3 then take a look at our winning ladies.
In first place came Gwen Kinsey with an amazing time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 20 seconds, an extremely close second was Victoria Baker with a finishing time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 24 seconds!
22 seconds after Victoria came Hannah Johnston in third with with a time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 46 seconds, that was an unbelievably close race!

To take a look at all of the results click HERE!

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Our great team of marshalls made the event possible, keeping athletes safe and encouraged throughout the race, along with the masses of enthusiastic supporters.

We cannot wait for next year, and we can tell you are all excited by the entries already!
Register HERE for Swansea Triathlon on 20th of May 2018…you don’t wan’t to be one of the disappointed many that missed out this year!

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What’s On This Weekend

With the amazing atmosphere of UWTSD Swansea Triathlon,
add to that a bank holiday weekend and the glorious weather we have been having and top it off with Live Music and Watersports!
This will be a weekend not to be missed.

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Live music brought to you by Swansea Tri Live,
an event powered by Swansea Bid that has an amazing line up over two action packed days!
Kicking off your weekend on Saturday and seeing spectators ans athletes through race day on Sunday.
Head to the Swansea Tri Live Website by clicking HERE for more information.

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Swansea Watersports
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We told you the weekend would be action packed.
There will be Watersports in the SA1 Dock from Swansea Watersports,
this will be perfect to entertain your entourage of supporters while your registering and preparing and the nerves are kicking in!
The Watersports itinerary for the day is;

Sailing 9:00am – 10:00am
Windsurfing 10:15am – 11:15am
Paddle Boarding 11:30am – 12:30pm

For more information on Swansea Watersports click HERE
To book any of these WaterSports online please click HERE
You can book over the phone by calling 01989839879,
or book via email at info@swanseawatersports.co.uk!

There is masses of things to do in Swansea and with these added extras especially for Swansea Triathlon you’ll be spoilt for choice.
See you there!

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

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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”.

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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.

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’.
Continue reading “Meet Poppy”