Parkour Changing Lives

Published: 18 May 2017


The Parkour movement is helping teenagers leap for their goals.

Ali Kadhim, the founder of Team 9Lives.
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Parkour is commonplace in action movies, but its roots were in the gritty outer suburbs of Paris in the 1980s. By definition, Parkour means negotiating obstacles by running, climbing and jumping. But for some, it’s taken on a much broader meaning.

Ali Kadhim is a Parkour fanatic. He’s been doing it his whole life. A decade ago, Ali and his friends started Team 9Lives to teach kids Parkour in a safe environment. But it’s become so much more than just Parkour.

In an interview with The Project, Ali said it’s been helping “Young people who might not have direction…”

George and Brandon, two Parkourists, were just fourteen-years-old when they discovered the underground movement in Western Sydney.

Brandon said he “used to be lazy and inactive…” until he discovered Parkour and realized it was a “release for [his] mind and all the stress that’s on it.”

As for George, he said, “If I could climb a carpark, I might as well not give up on other things…” It gave him the self-belief to keep striving.

Ali says the kids who come through his program are “more confident and they’re able to take responsibility for not only themselves, but for the things they want in life.”

If you’d like to find out more about Team 9Lives, please visit the link.