Meet 16 year old Bournemouth Parkour athlete Luke Stones ahead of International Copenhagen Event
Bournemouth is home to a large, vibrant and young Parkour community. A few of the Dorset based athletes are now receiving international recognition. One of whom is Luke Stones, a 16 year old Media student at Bournemouth and Poole college.
Luke just received 3rd place in the speed running section at Yorkshire based Parkour competition Project Underground Volume 2 and looks forward to competing in Copenhagen. He said,
“Parkour competitions are really great because they build public exposure for the sport. They also help raise awareness of the power behind the sport away from the bias media reporting.”
As part of sponsored athlete team The Motus Project Luke and his team mates have been asked to fly out to Copenhagen for Ollerup’s annual Parkour event. The facility is a school for creative arts and “almost a university of movement” according to Stones.
As a sponsored athlete Luke represents the team’s streetwear clothing and works alongside the brand to “push the further progression of Parkour and Freerunning.” Being one of the Motus group also means the young athlete is flown across the globe to make Parkour videos. This summer the team, made up of boys aged 15-21, will be touring the USA. Luke said, “the Motus Project has been helping us get to international events so we can spread the love of movement and showcase our talent.”
Luke is also sponsored by local based Parkour company Train Hard, who he credits for his skill ability now. “They’re the same team of guys that created the athlete that I am today and they continue to support me today.”
Eleven year old Stones was introduced to Parkour back in 2011 ,”I started Parkour years ago in the playground with my friends. I started getting serious about it early 2012, beginning a team and creating videos.” It was clear from the very early days of his practice that Luke would someday be a very skilled athlete in the discipline. To watch Luke’s videos click here.
The UK became the first country to recognise Parkour as an official sport this month. Stones is pleased by this development, “It means more opportunities for the discipline and it’s nice to know now that the government are supporting the community. Now that it is recognised means that Parkour UK can apply for Lottery funding, this would be great for Parkour. It would mean that we can hold more national events and competitions.”
The future looks bright for Luke who leaps between college life, travelling with his sponsors and competing in international parkour events.
Luke is also currently working as an ‘influencer’ alongside upcoming slow motion video app Worm.