26 May Parkour enthusiast gains national recognition

Year 11 Nayland student Crusoe Jones has found his passion in parkour, a growing sport in New Zealand and around the world. 

Parkour involves moving along a route, often in a city,  and trying to get around or through obstacles as quickly and efficiently as you can.   It is highly physical and requires both strength and flexibility.

Crusoe discovered the sport almost accidentally.  “A couple of friends were into it, we were just jumping around,” he said.  “I was pretty good at it (…).  I just had a knack for it.”

That knack may have come from the fact that Crusoe and his mother and brother all did kettle bell training, which involves swinging around a metal ball with a handle on it. The ball  can weigh up to 30kg.  Crusoe’s brother has gone on to help set up a company that organises kettle bell competitions.

Crusoe’s talent took him to the national parkour competion – Jamzac – held on Anzac Day in Auckland.  There he competed against freerunners (as parkour enthusiasts are called) from across the country.

The down-to-earth Nayland student placed impressively, winning both the speed and style sections of the Under 17 category.  He also won a special award for Youth Best Trick – the “dive cat to slide.”

To maintain his fitness and grow his skills Crusoe trains regularly at Gymnastics Nelson and out and about in Nelson, Stoke and other open places.  His passion for parkour leads him to see the world a differently to the average person.  “We have a different vision,” he said.  “We see obstacles as pathways.”

By Sera King