APA Blood Drive

We are coming up to the giving season and in true giving spirit, we are launching the APA Blood Drive!

This is a campaign to encourage everyone in the parkour community (who can) to donate blood.

According to the Red Cross, 1 in 3 Australians will need donated blood, but only 1 in 30 make a donation. The aim of our blood drive is to get as many as possible into the habit of donating blood/ plasma/ platelets regularly, which is very much in the be strong to be useful spirit of parkour.

We are launching this through social media, so please get involved by donating or getting a group to donate together AND by bragging about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (and whatever else the kids are playing with these days)!

We are sfb_img_1479190351982ad to recognise that unfortunately not all people are able to donate (due to illness, injury, phobia, religion, travel requirements, or restrictions against queer men from donating blood). We hope all of you who can’t donate yourself will help by spreading the word through your social media networks and we hope for change in the future to allow all to donate.

WHAT TO DO
– Go to www.donateblood.com.au/donate and make an appointment to donate blood
– If you have a donor number, register yourself with our Red25 group, by going to www.donateblood.com.au/red25/join-group and searching for Australian Parkour Association. (If it’s your first time donating, you can do this at/ after your appointment.
– When you donate blood, take a selfie and share it with the hashtag #APAblooddrive, to encourage all your pals to join in. (Along with other blood and parkour related ones like #save3lives, #donateblood, #bestrongtobeuseful, #australianparkour

Do it in a dress: Global jam for change

Earlier this month, the world’s first Do it in a Dress: Global Parkour Jam for Change happened, led by Amy Han from Melbourne, who also happens to be our Vice Pres!

Amy volunteers as an ambassador for One Girl, a charity on a mission to raise awareness and funds for girls in Africa to go to school. She brought together practitioners from around the world to jam ‘together’ on the same day to support the cause.

In total, $4339 was raised – enough to send 14 girls to school for a year. A huge thanks to Amy and everyone who turned out to show their support!

http://www.doitinadress.com/team/team-global-parkour

Happy 10th Birthday APA!

On Saturday, the Association celebrated its 10th birthday, surrounded by practitioners at the 2016 NatGat in Brisbane. There was BBQ, videos, training all weekend and cake!

In 10 years we have seen parkour grow and grow in Australia, we have taught thousands of students and trained hundreds of instructors. The Association its self has had to grow and evolve to meet new challenges. We are so proud of what we have achieved so far and those who have helped us achieve it, we are looking forward to the next 10 years!

The weekend also saw mammoth efforts from the Brisbane Parkour Association to host an amazing NatGat 2016, with about 100 practitioners from all around Australia converging on the city to train, explore, learn and catch up with old friends. It went off without a hitch, thank you so much to the amazing Brisbane team.

We also had our annual general meeting, where we elected a brand new committee for the next year. Notably, one of our earliest practitioners of Parkour in Australia and a co-founder of the APA, Matthew ‘Chippa’ Campbell, stepped down. Chippa has served on the committee for the whole 10 years of the APA, 8 of which as President, and has been a mentor and leader for many of us around Australia. Thank you for the years of hardwork Chippa, Australian Parkour owes you so much. Chippa isn’t going too far though and will be focusing his efforts on the Melbourne Parkour community. THANKS CHIPPA!

Stepping into the position is Eliot Duffy from Canberra, Eliot has been training Parkour for 10 years and has previously served on the Committee for 6 years as ACT Representative, Treasurer and Vice President.

We are all looking forward to the year ahead!

Perth NatGat 2015 a success and a gender equal committee!

 

Tracuers all around Australia are still on the come-down from an awesome week of training in Perth for this year’s Annual National Gathering. Around 80 traceurs from all around the country (as well as a big group from Singapore and some special guests from the UK) converged on Perth city for about 4 days of training, workshops, and catching up. This was the first NatGat for Perth and it was a huge success, well done Evie Clayton, Isaac McLellan, Matt James, Grant Webster and the whole team from Perth Parkour who put together a great event.

This year, a grant from the City of Perth allowed us to bring over Chris ‘Blane’ Rowat and Shirley Darlington-Rowat from the UK, who attended as special guests. Both are highly experienced and influential traceurs and it was a great pleasure to host them both. Blane has been, and continues to be, a hugely influential figure in the international Parkour scene and inspired many of us in to our hard training habits! Check out some of his influential writing at http://blane-parkour.blogspot.com.au/

The APA Annual General Meeting is also held each year at the NatGat where we discuss the years progress and elect a new committee. We are extremely excited and proud to announce that this year we were able to achieve a 50/50 equal split of men and women on the committee, including our first female Vice President. Gender inequality is an ongoing problem across society, particularly in physical training and sports communities; the APA is very proud to be on the forefront of tackling the issue. We look forward to working to encouraging and building greater female participation in Parkour!

APA 2015 – 16 Committee
President – Matthew ‘Chippa’ Campbell (Melbourne)
Vice President – Amy Han (Melbourne)
Treasurer – Eliot Duffy (Canberra)
Secretary – David ‘Hainsey’ Haines (Canberra)

Vic Rep – Vivian Cao (Melbourne)
NSW Rep – Monique McDonald  (Sydney)
ACT Rep – Kat Vincent (Canberra)
QLD Rep – Steve Berry (Brisbane)
SA Rep – Travis ‘TJ’ Ranson (Adelaide)
WA Rep – Isaac McLellan (Perth)
General Member – Suzi Miletic (Melbourne)
General Member – Jade Hiroki (Brisbane)

Congratulations to all committee members on their appointments, we look forward to working together for the next year!

New Website

We have put together a new website. It should make it a bit easier for people to find the right people if they want to start training parkour.

NatGat 2013 and the new Committee!

October brought another annual National Gathering, this time in Canberra. It was a great event which saw somewhere between 120 and 150 traceurs train through Canberra. There was ice water rafting, bridge building, nutrition talks from our own Steve Berry (Townsville), sports pyschology, ankle training and rehabilitation, an awesome Parkour history from resident athropologist and comic genius, Alex ‘Pava’ Pavalotski, and an awesome conditioning run past the Australian War Memorial and monuments, getting back to parkour roots…Of course, it wouldn’t have been a NatGat without jumps! More jumps than you could poke a stick at!

Great to see so many familiar faces and so many new ones training and progressing together! Check out some of the videos on the Australian Parkour and Freerunning Facebook page!

NatGat also hosted the 2013 APA Annual General Meeting, discussing how the Association has progressed throughout 2012/2013 and where it is heading in the next 12 months! It also saw a new committee elected with plenty of fresh faces!

2013-2014 APA Committee Members:
All Active members unless state
President – Tony ‘Ngyagi’ Machejefski (Brisbane)
Vice President – Eliot Duffy (Canberra)
Treasurer – Matthew ‘Chippa’ Campbell (Melbourne)
Secretary – David ‘Hainesy’ Haines (Melbourne)

Vic Rep – Ezekial ‘Zeke’ Beilharz (Melbourne)
NSW Rep – David Reilly  (Sydney) Sitting Member
ACT Rep – Max Lee-Abbott (Canberra)
QLD Rep – David Kettle (Townsville)
Tas Rep – James Rakich (Hobart)
SA Rep – Travis ‘TJ’ Ranson (Adelaide)
NT Rep – Harry Sutton (Darwin)
WA Rep – Grant Webster (Perth) Sitting Member

We look forward to working with everyone until the next NatGat in October 2014! Make sure you get your thoughts in on where in Australia you want to see it go!

Newcastle Classes Coming to an End

It is unfortunate to announce that as of the end of this year, Newcastle Parkour classes will no longer run due to lack of available instructors. Having said that, make sure you keep an eye on this space for possible classes in the future.

It has been great having classes run for so long in Newcastle and very sad to see it stop. The Australian Parkour Association would like to thank the Newcastle parkour boys for all the work they have put in and all the time they spent volunteering to develop parkour in Australia over the many years it has ran.