Eleven year old Poppy Jones from Abergavenny has achieved her dream of competing in a triathlon with her dad, Rob.
On 26th June 2016 Poppy Jones and her dad Rob took part in the Cardiff Triathlon together to raise money for Cerebra. But they faced an additional challenge – eleven year old Poppy has cerebral palsy and Rob pushed and pulled her around the course using custom made equipment specially designed by our Innovation Centre.
Eleven year old Poppy was born with quadriplegic cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease. She can’t sit, stand, roll or support herself and life is a daily challenge for her. She has suffered many health problems over the years and there have been times when doctors didn’t think she would pull through. Dad Rob explains “there have been times when it has been very touch and go and we feel very lucky that she has been with us for the last 11 years”.
But having a life-limiting condition doesn’t stop Poppy having fun. Poppy is a determined character with a great sense of humour. Her sense of adventure knows no bounds. She is a real thrill seeker and adrenaline junkie and has a true competitive spirit.
Rob, meanwhile faced a challenge of his own in getting fit for the event. He’s never taken part in a triathlon before and isn’t a regular swimmer, runner or cyclist. At Christmas he could only manage two lengths of the local swimming pool and is using his ancient bicycle to train.
Mum Rachel, along with the rest of the family and friends, were right behind Poppy and Rob and are fully supporting them all the way, providing all the back-up and help they need. Rob’s motivation for doing this is simply to help his daughter: “taking part in this triathlon is so exciting for her and psychologically it will really benefit her. She gets so frustrated at the limits her condition puts on her and this will really focus her mind on what she can do. Poppy doesn’t think ‘I can’t’ but rather ‘with a little help I can’. I’ve got my work cut out though as Poppy doesn’t want to just take part – she wants to win!”
The project has been a huge challenge for Cerebra’s Innovation Centre who designed and made the equipment that Rob and Poppy needed to take them to the finish line.
In this video, Rob and Poppy tell their story in their own words:
We would love it if you could support Rob and Poppy! If you would like to donate please visit www.justgiving.com/Rob-Jones42.
We would like to thank the following companies whose sponsorship has helped to make Poppy’s dream a reality: