Parkour group raises fun and fitness bars in Wetherill Park

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

Urban athletes can now practice the sport of Parkour after Fairfield Council officially launched a street-workout training area in Wetherill Park last Sunday.

URBAN athletes can now practise the sport of parkour after Fairfield Council launched a street-workout training area at Wetherill Park on Sunday.

The specialist parkour workout facility at Emerson Street Reserve has rails and bars for people wanting to practise the sport, as well as for those wanting to strengthen their upper body.

A Fairfield Council spokesman said the council collaborated with local parkour exponents from Team 9 Lives, who designed the training area.

"Parkour is a highly athletic, yet spiritual artform," the spokesman said.

"Often recognised for its large jumps and cat-like movements.

"It involves practitioners moving through their landscapes, using obstacles such as ledges, stairs and walls to create movement."

Team 9 Lives is made up of 22 athletes who hold weekly classes that attract up to 200 students.

They performed for 15,000 people at this year's Bring It On! youth festival.

Ali Kadhim, the founder of Team 9 Lives, said he began practising parkour because it allowed him to be free.

His only limit was his imagination.

"Ali and his team continue to make it accessible and safe for anybody to learn," the council spokesman said.

"Team 9 Lives worked with council staff to design the fitness park with off-the-shelf, static equipment at Emerson Street Reserve.

He said the facility was already proving to be popular.

It was attracting not only locals but also professional athletes from around Sydney, including the Bondi Beach BAR Brutes.

As part of Sunday's launch there were demonstrations by both Team 9 Lives and the Bondi Beach Bar Brutes.

Click here to see a video of people enjoing the workout area.

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