Fun, teamwork

October 05, 2017

: Kyabram’s Josh Locke, 14, enjoyed the Parkour workshop.

Nate Earl, 10, took part in the workshops.

Josh Collins, 10, had fun learning the techniques.

Josh Mizzi, 10, shows off from a height.

Billy Collins, 9, took in the instructions.

Children are shown Parkour skills at Monash Park.

It was all about jumping, rolling, vaulting and interacting with physical environments when a group of children took part in a Parkour workshop in Shepparton yesterday.

Run through Riverlinks and Westside Circus, the program taught children the skills involved in Parkour and free running in a controlled environment.

Project manager Jane Hartnell said there were two reasons they ran the workshop.

‘‘The first was to give kids in Shepparton opportunities they don’t normally have,’’ she said.

‘‘And our grand vision is to have trained enough local people to be able to run these themselves in the future.’’

Parkour is described as getting from one place to another as quickly as possible, where free running involves getting there as interestingly as possible.

Ms Hartnell said the workshops helped children to overcome challenges in a supportive and safe environment.

‘‘They get to overcome risks and experience courage in a positive way,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s also about building persistence and resilience.’’

Kyabram teenagers Will Hooper and Joshua Locke, both 14, enjoyed the workshop.

‘‘We’ve been doing stretches and jumping,’’ they said.

Ms Hartnell said the sold-out workshop also helped the children to use good teamwork.

‘‘This group is working really well together,’’ she said.

After the success of the first workshop, Ms Hartnell said there would be the potential to hold more in the future.

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