Paulshof brings parkour to the community with the first in-house competition

Parkour athletes and enthusiasts from a new club in Paulshof competed on September 17 in an in-house competition that saw plenty of flips and jumps.

With the growth of the sport in the country, Gymnastics South Africa introduced parkour as a discipline in 2019 and saw the creation of the Parkour at Paragon club in 2021.

Parkour athlete Thomas Raggett prepares for a tucked-in roll. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Thirty-four athletes from levels one to four participated in the day. Club coach Brett Fuller said he was pleased with the day’s results and that several participants stood out on a sunny Saturday morning.
“The bottom two levels competed in timed obstacle courses while level three and four athletes did a freestyle race as well as a sprint race,” he said.

“Thomas Raggett, who is our athlete representing South Africa for the first time in Tokyo at the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) World Parkour Championships in October, stood out on the day as well as Tyler Day , one of our top upcoming female athletes and Michael Jennett.

Young parkour athlete Aiden Solomon jumps off the board during his timed obstacle course during the Parkour at Paragon in-house competition at Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

The athletes were judged by Richard Marshall, National President of Gymnastics South Africa of Parkour.
“The Parkour side of the club has developed well to the point that we have seven athletes competing at the upcoming South African Gymnastics Games at Centurion on Sunday 2nd October.

“We have not yet planned another competition at the club but I would like to have another one before the end of the year. There is also a district competition which some of our athletes will participate in at the end of October” , Fuller said.

Aiden Solomon runs on a plank during his timed obstacle course during the Parkour at Paragon in-house competition in Paulshof. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

The club will host a bingo night on Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. to raise money for Fuller and Raggett who are attending the championships in Tokyo.
Tickets are R200 per person including 10 rounds of bingo and a light supper.

Details: 083 411 6006

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