Last month, I was in Calgary on a clinical placement for my Masters degree, and just so happened to be able to stay with my parkour boyfriend and his family since they lived super close to where I would be working. I had the best time there, getting to know his mother and siblings better, and also got to watch him train and compete in the West Coast Parkour Championship Qualifiers at Breathe Parkour South.
If you haven’t ever heard of this competition then that’s okay, because neither had I. The West Coast Parkour Championships (WCPKC) is the first and only parkour competition that takes place on the west coast, Qualifiers are hosted at various gyms along the coast, and athletes who qualify have the opportunity to compete in the finals in California on June 28th-July 1st, 2019.
My parkour boyfriend competed in skill and speed at the Breathe Parkour South gym, coming in 4th in skill, and 2nd in speed. I was a very proud girlfriend, and had to snap a few pictures of the podium. Hehe and I love the irony given the name of his parkour team is PODI, as in podium.
While I am sad that I won’t be able to watch him compete, I will be sending him lots of light and love, and will have to phone him to say what I always do before he competes: “Go be strong. Go be useful,” a take on Georges Hébert’s motto “Être fort pour être utile.“