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Young girl with cerebral palsy takes on triathlon with her dad

Poppy Jones is not one to be held back by her cerebral palsy.

The condition affects all of her limbs, causing her to arch backwards. She needs help with sitting and rolling.

Despite this condition, Poppy was determined to complete her first triathlon.

She took part in the event in Cardiff Bay with her dad Rob. He pushed and pulled Poppy around the course using specially adapted equipment.

Poppy Jones took part in the triathlon with her dad, Rob. Credit: ITV Wales

Poppy is a charismatic and funny 11-year-old with a great sense of adventure. She doesn't consider her condition something which is something that will stop her from doing anything.

It's part of her identity. Her attitude to other people is 'you can take it or leave it. This is who I am.'

– ROB JONES, POPPY'S DAD
Poppy and Rob getting ready for the water Credit: ITV Wales

The chair that Poppy sat on for the race was designed by the charity Cerebra's Innovation Centre and modelled in part on the same chairs used in Paralympic competition. It's made of aluminium and carbon fibre.

The front wheel can be removed to enable it to be attached to the back of a bike for the cycle section of the triathlon.

For the swim, Poppy sat in a custom-built boat that Rob towed as he swam.

ITV Wales caught up with Poppy and Rob at the Cardiff triathlon this weekend.