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!