Travis ‘TJ’ Ranson
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.
Penelope’s interest in parkour stems from video games. After playing a few too many, she decided it was time to improve her life in the real world and learn to do some of the things that she did in games. After years of fencing, and feeling burnt out by the competition, Penelope started parkour in 2011.
Falling in love with the playfulness, the philosophy, and the community, Penelope eventually began assisting classes in Canberra, and helped establish the Canberra Parkour Association.
Moving to Melbourne in 2016, Penelope has been active ever since with the Women of Melbourne Parkour community, and the Melbourne jamming scene, before co-founding inclusivity focused parkour/movement organisation Melbourne in Motion.
Passionate about community, creativity, and playfulness, Penelope is excited to see how we can connect and train in new ways, and work together to grow as a community.
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.
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.
Western Australia Representative
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!
South Australia Rep
Ross ventured into Parkour in 2008 and started teaching in 2010 when he was part of the South Australian Parkour Association’s founding team. Since then he has sat on the SAPA committee almost uninterruptedly and currently is a general member.
He volunteered and worked as an instructor to build the South Australian community, running regular informal training sessions as well as classes. He has also worked to build the instructing community, running instructor trainings as well as a national instructor intensive camp.
Increasingly he has been travelling out of the country, and currently represents the APA and the Australian community from overseas. He hopes to create links between the APA and other associations and to bring the global Parkour community closer together.
Ross’ wild style of training, teaching and living focuses on adaptability, well rounded capability and the integration of Parkour skills and values into life.
Bec started parkour in 2014 while looking for a fun, non-competitive, activity to keep her fit after “retiring” from playing competitive soccer. She fell in love with the feeling of freedom parkour gave her, and the connections she formed with other practitioners and the city.
The desire for continuous progression and challenge quickly led her to become an instructor with Melbourne Parkour Association. She continues to enjoy the way the physical and mental challenges of training make her feel stronger and more capable than she was before and seeing the same develop in others. She is now keen to help give back to the wider Victorian and Australian community.
When she isn’t training and working on parkour projects, she is working full time as a paramedic.
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.
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.
Cat started training parkour in 2011, with the Instructors from her local Brisbane community. This group of crazy cats has become her second family, helping her through thick and thin. It is this connection that motivated her to connect with and be a part of the APA committee.
Whether it’s climbing trees, Aerial Circus, or training Parkour, Cat never stops moving. Qualifying as an instructor in 2013, she became interested in the aspect of altruism and the theory behind Parkour. Training to be strong to be useful, and for longevity. These values were part of what convinced her to become a co-facilitator for Girls of Brisbane Parkour, and then the Secretary for the BPA in 2015.
Outside of parkour, Cat is an Interior Designer and Architect Graduate, hoping to use her skills to reactivate more green spaces and connect others with the outdoors environment. She is very interested in aged care and childcare spaces and how these can encourage recreation in all generations.
Parkour for preservation is something that permeates through all of her training and has encouraged her to focus on bringing parkour and mobilisation to the older generations. “Preserve your body, yourself, and others.”