Eliot started training parkour in Canberra back in 2006, after seeing the ‘Russian Climbing’ video from classic freerunner, Oleg. He trained regularly for two years before Canberra established its own classes, at which time he became an assistant instructor, and eventually a senior instructor.
In 2009, Eliot became the ACT State Representative to the APA. Since then, Eliot has served on the committee in a number of roles including State Representative, Treasurer, Vice President and now President. Eliot is most passionate about developing the organisation for the future and opening up its ranks to support and promote the next generation of leaders. Eliot also sits on the board of the international organisation Parkour Earth and has extended his work into the growth of parkour internationally.
For Eliot, the most important aspect of parkour is to always be learning, progressing, and helping others to grow and adapt. Parkour has opened Eliot up to training and travelling all around the world. Most importantly, it has encouraged him to step outside of his comfort zone, and pushed him to seek out new and challenging experiences.
Amy started her training in London in 2009, when a friend encouraged her to joina class. She had no idea what parkour was at the time, but her first impression was positive: she loved the challenge of finding her own way over obstacles.
She returned to Melbourne in late 2009, and has gradually become more involved in the Melbourne Parkour community, and the wider Australian Parkour community. She has been on both the Melbourne Parkour and Australian Parkour committees since 2013, most recently as Vice President of both.
Amy has never been a ‘sporty’ person, but she fell in love with parkour because it demands so much of her mental attention, pushing her to be a better version of herself, as well as being physically challenging. She is particularly passionate about finding ways to ensure more people find our communities just as welcoming, inclusive and supportive as she did, because parkour can be and is for anyone – any age, size, and ability. It’s all about challenging yourself and moving in ways that are most suited to you.
Outside of parkour, Amy is an author and the founder of Creative Write-it, which runs creative writing workshops for young people in Melbourne. Prior to starting her business, she also spent three years teaching circus arts to primary school children, which has been useful experience for the development and growth of kids’ parkour classes in Melbourne.
Lluka started training parkour in Canberra in late 2014. After a year of training she joined the committee of the Canberra Parkour Association and became the president in early 2017.
Over the past three years parkour has become an essential part of Lluka’s life. Training parkour has made her a stronger person both physically and mentally. Everyday Lluka tries to apply the values of parkour to all areas of her life.
Lluka joined the APA committee to try to give back to the community that has done so much for her. She is also currently training to become an assistant instructor.
Jade Darelle Hiroki
Jade attended her very first Parkour session on the 4th of January 2009. Jade remembers this date clearly as it was the day that she rediscovered her inner child and was introduced to some of the people who would later become a part of her second family….namely her Parkour family.
Ever since that day, Jade has become somewhat fanatical about Parkour and has embraced the holistic discipline as a fundamental part of her identity, appreciating the core values of altruism and a strong community spirit. Because of this Jade has endeavoured to support her fellow Parkour devotees, as well as newcomers, by becoming a Level 1 Parkour instructor in 2014, fostering women’s participation by co-facilitating the Girls of Brisbane Parkour and being a member in the APA committee since 2015.
Even though Jade has not been active in instructing since 2016, due to becoming a Mummy, Jade continues to train regularly and seeks to assist the APA by fulfilling her role as Treasurer to the best of her abilities.
Western Australia Representative
Paula started training Parkour in December 2016, (a little later in life compared to most) at the age of 35. She decided to give it a go after watching her children participate in classes for about 8 months. She found herself itching to try it as she witnessed her kids jump and climb and leap. The movements were reminiscent of her childhood and she felt a yearning to move that way again. After her first class, she was hooked, and hasn’t looked back. She is enjoying the new relationship she is developing with her own body and its capabilities. She has never felt so strong both physically and mentally!
Paula trains when she can – mostly at playgrounds with her three children, whom she homeschools. Their endless energy and enthusiasm inspire her every day, and they never fail to set her the most inventive and fun challenges!
Before having children, Paula worked in community development and health promotion, and has always been passionate about building community and bringing people together. She has also volunteered on a number of community led committees, and worked for a short time as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor.
A little over 6 months after training Paula became involved in the local Perth community, reigniting the Girls of Perth Parkour group, joining the committee, applying for funding, and becoming a trainee instructor. She has completely fallen in love with the culture and philosophy of the Parkour community, and is excited and grateful to be able to share this with others within WA and throughout Australia.
New South Wales Representative
Monique McDonald has been working and training within Australia’s Parkour scene for a number of years, and has proven an important figure in Parkour NSW, for which she is currently Secretary.
When she started parkour in 2011, she fell in love with the freedom of the discipline and the personal challenges it presented.
Monique is active in the Australian Womens Parkour group, and is co-owner of AAPES parkour gym in Sydney.
When not hard at work within Parkour, Monique spends a lot of time with her two birds, three snakes, and five cats!
Travis ‘TJ’ Ranson
South Australia Rep
Training Parkour since 2006, TJ co-founded the first official Parkour classes in Adelaide in 2010. In addition to being APA State Rep for South Australia and working on many of the APA’s national projects such as the Community Coach courses and instructor training programs, TJ heads up the South Australian Parkour Association, and also runs the movement training space in Adelaide, Point A.
TJ has been full-time in the Parkour world between these various roles since 2012, and is most passionate about building strong communities around Parkour.
In his own training, TJ likes to blend movement practices and find the best bits to apply to Parkour. He also enjoys maintaining a strong focus on the practical elements of applying Parkour to a variety of situations – and as such is a big fan of Rage Froobling.
Kel has been coaching parkour in Scotland since 2014, and with Melbourne Parkour since she returned in 2016.
Kel believes passionately that parkour is for every body. She has worked for years to help dismantle the gender bias in parkour and has a particular interest in providing access and support those marginalised.
Outside parkour, Kel is a visual artist. She doesn’t like shoes that much and recently developed an interest in throwing heavy things around.
Brian has always loved to explore, climb and jump on things since early childhood. He has always loved to experiment with movement in his backyard and on the typical trampoline. Brian has played around with parkour and freerunning since primary school. By 2009 he tried out trampolining and gymnastics. That lasted for one year, until he had enough of the restrictive rules and regulations. He took his skills to the free environment of the parkour world and decided to take his training seriously by middle-school in 2014. To him, parkour provides a free way of moving creatively, efficiently and as controlled as you can make it. He see’s it is a valuable tool for life, and applies the mindset he has learnt to any challenge that faces him. He aims to see how far he can take his movement and how he can make it in to a sustainable career, while keeping it as fun as ever. Brian hopes to be able to take his visions and aspirations through the committee to keep the parkour community connected and bring new aspects, projects and ways of thinking to the agenda – generally strengthening the world parkour and freerunning community!
Brian is serving as a non-voting member and voice for Tasmania.
David ‘Hainesy’ Haines
Hainesy started parkour in early 2008 after seeing a few videos. After about six months, Hainesy tried an APA class in Melbourne and loved it. Hainesy became a regular at classes and later joined Melbourne’s highly respected instructor training.
After teaching in Melbourne for three years,Hainesy moved to Canberra in 2013 to work at the Department of the Environment. He currently teaches parkour in Canberra and is a part of the Canberra Parkour leadership team.
Hainesy joined the APA Committee in 2011 because he wants to give back to the community that has given him so much. Parkour has made a huge difference in his life and he wants as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience the discipline. He believes that while most people will start parkour with a focus on the movement, like all things in life you need balance. With this in mind, Hainesy is particularly passionate about sharing the philosophy of parkour, and helping to bring balance to an individual’s life and training.
The biggest lesson Hainesy has learnt from parkour is to enjoy the challenge. Life is full of challenges, and if you don’t learn to enjoy them then you are going to be very stressed and grumpy.
Steve found new classes being run in Townsville and began training in 2009. Coming from a military and fitness background, the physical and mental challenges of Parkour quickly became his focus of any training. With prior experience in instructing, he started taking classes and built up North Queensland Parkour, making connections with the community and local schools. He also began running a youth program with Parkour and its philosophies at its core, being delivered to At Risk young people in low socio-economic areas. Moving to Brisbane in 2015, Steve began helping the larger Brisbane community and its upcoming instructors. Steve has been QLD State Representative since 2013.
In training, Steve focuses on control and technique, all while trying to meet physical capability with mental boundaries. He enjoys helping others in their journey to understand how Parkour can help them with more than just movement, as well as guiding the new instructors to help improve themselves as teachers.
Josh started training parkour in Brisbane in early 2013 looking for a fun continuation of fitness away from competitive disciplines. After training for several years he began to apply his teaching experience to encourage others in their training through the Brisbane Parkour Association.
Josh joined the committee in late 2017 in order to help contribute to the logistical side of the Australian parkour scene. This is so that into the future everyone regardless of their background can enjoy health and fitness in a fun manner.