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Sport NZ acknowledges Parkour NZ


Sport NZ acknowledges Parkour NZ as the national organisation for parkour

Sport NZ has formerly acknowledged New Zealand Parkour - Tauhōkai Aotearoa (Parkour NZ) as the national organisation leading and governing the sport/activity of Parkour in New Zealand. Sport NZ acknowledged the efforts of Parkour NZ in developing and delivering parkour throughout the nation since its incorporation in 2011, working with a myriad of local and national organisations, Regional Sports Trusts, councils, and schools.

Damien Puddle, CEO of Parkour NZ has said “We’ve been working hard for over 5 years to develop and support parkour, as well as use it as a vehicle for positive change in people’s lives. It’s exciting to see our efforts rewarded by this acknowledgement.”

Parkour NZ was unsuccessful in becoming a Sport NZ investment partner in 2014, with Sport NZ citing the infancy of the organisation as the main reason for not meeting the criteria. Although Parkour NZ is currently not a Sport NZ partner organisation, a change in Sport NZ’s strategic objectives, including the development of Sport NZ's Community Sport Strategy 2015-20, puts Parkour NZ in a better position to potentially meet investment criteria in the future.

The acknowledgement of Parkour NZ from Sport NZ has also resulted in an upgrade of membership status withParkour Earth, the International Federation for Parkour/Freerunning/Art du Déplacement, of which Parkour NZ is a founding member federation.

The announcement of Sport NZ's acknowledgement of Parkour NZ also comes after Damien Puddle, Parkour NZ's CEO received the Administrator of the Year award at the 2017 Hamilton City Council Sport Volunteer Awards, for his service to Parkour NZ and the community.

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