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Parkour: Melbourne women climbing the ranks of a male-dominated sport

Parkour: Melbourne women climbing the ranks of a male-dominated sport

Parkour is generally associated with fit young men scaling buildings or leaping through the air, but a group of Melbourne women are trying to change that perception.

Parkour is a discipline that originated in France in the late 1980s.

The idea behind the it is to move through any terrain, often urban, as efficiently as possible by running, jumping, climbing, vaulting or rolling.

On a warm, summery Tuesday night, a group of about 50 women of all ages congregated outside the Melbourne Museum. For many, it was their first introduction to parkour.

Kel Glaister coaches Girls of Melbourne Parkour and she coordinates introductory training nights designed for women.

“Parkour historically and everywhere in the world is a discipline dominated by men,” Ms Glaister said.[…]

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