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.
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.
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. Hecurrently 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.
Victorian State Rep
When Viv started training parkour in early 2014, she was just looking to improve her fitness. However, she very quickly came to love the diverse, kind and welcoming community that is Melbourne Parkour, and Australian Parkour.
She has always been into sports, including hockey, rowing and softball. However, she believes she has stuck with parkour because of the friends she has made, as well as the discipline’s underlying values. Parkour pushes her both physically and mentally to become stronger, and to use that strength in practical ways.
Viv joined the committee to help make parkour classes available across the country, enabling more people to learn the philosophies ofparkour from qualified instructors, as well as the physical movements.
In 2011, Suzi was looking into different types of martial arts to become stronger, but then she found parkour through a friend. It gave her the opportunities to improve herself that she had been looking for.
What hooked her was the way she could first look at an obstacle and think, “There’s no way I can do that,” before working out how to overcome it. She would feel really accomplished. In this way, parkour continues to extend her perceived limits of what she can do.
Parkour has given her practical physical strength, a resilient and brave mental attitude, and a sense of harmony between her mind and body.