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Parkour UK

Simon Vardy

Simon first encountered Parkour UK back in October 2020 when he spent some time as a Parkour UK Development Associate, utilising his experience in his current role at the time within Sport Sheffield (The University of Sheffield) to help give insight into the Parkour community within higher education and the policies and procedures around university sport.

His professional career in sport began long before this following graduating from The University of Sheffield and immediately taking up a role within the sports department there, shortly afterwards moving into a development role focussed on elite and high-performance utilising experience gained through his education, playing and coaching career having represented England and GB in multiple sports.

Since then, Simon has widened his experience with roles as Head of Performance with the Sheffield Eagles RLFC and Head of Performance and S&C at Rugby League Ireland providing both performance support and education development to players and coaches and he is utilising his knowledge and experience from outside the Parkour community to help deliver new perspectives and direction within the Workforce Lead role.

Lynn Jung

In 2022 Lynn joined the Parkour UK digital support team along with Callun Lavington and takes the lead in our women’s engagement project.

Lynn came across parkour while at university in Austria, where she studied sociology, politics and gender studies. In 2015, her passion for the sport led her to the UK, where she established herself as one of the early leading female athletes in parkour. She has since worked as a freelance athlete, travelling the world, competing, training and sharing her passion with people along the way.

Callun Lavington

Callun currently supports Parkour UK as part of the digital support team along with colleague Lynn Jung.

Callun started parkour in 2012 after watching the famous ‘Storm Freerun – Volume One’ video. From that day, Callun had found his calling, and in the last five years, has been working in parkour. Callun coaches parkour to people of all ages in Crawley, and runs Contendunt – a parkour lifestyle brand promoting the inclusion and discussion of mental health in lifestyle sports. Callun also works as a freelancer in digital marketing

Chris Runham

Chris is a chartered accountant with over 27 years of experience working in various senior financial leadership and directorship roles in different sectors, including construction engineering, visitor attractions, transport, publishing, housing and retail.  Chris gained a Masters in Business Administration in 2009, specialising in performance management and reward systems.

Chris is experienced in strategy development, financial governance and stakeholder management,  gaining support and momentum for transformation within finance and business environments, embedding new capabilities and improvement initiatives.  Chris has extensive experience leading large finance teams and processes within large complex multinational organisations, successfully implementing new systems and financial controls.”

Tracy Rea

Dr Tracy Rea’s career history to date spans over varying industries. Tracy has recently finished two years as the European Head of Human Capital/People at Laing O’Rourke within construction. Previously Tracy worked as a Product Owner with the Agile Centre of Excellence within Group Transformation at Lloyds Banking Group. And the early days of her career were grounded within high performance sport, having previously been employed as Performance Director of Scottish Gymnastics in the lead up to the 2014 Glasgow: Commonwealth Games, as well as competing internationally herself. Tracy’s PhD examines the concept of talent transfer within sport and this was this was the stimulus for Tracy to try and prove the hypothesis herself across industries and roles, hence the reason behind her move from sport to banking and then construction. Tracy also holds the role of non-executive director on the board of CIMSPA: Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity in the UK as well as Chair of the Disciplinary panel.

Tracy is passionate about volunteering in the sport sector and felt Parkour was a unique opportunity to drive a different agenda to the traditional governing body. Indeed her 9-year-old daughter knew more about the sport before Tracy started researching it. And with Tracy having completed her Masters in Sport Psychology, the concept of overcoming a challenge mentally as well as physically, was something she found intriguing.

Kieran Wylde

Kieran has been training Parkour for around ten years. Three years ago, he took the jump and opened Aspire Parkour Academy, where they now support the learning of Parkour to 200+ weekly participants. Parkour has led Kieran to his current studies of a Bachelors in Sport & Exercise Science and sought-after voluntary work in both Parkour UK and Parkour Earth. Aside from Parkour, Kieran has worked in special education settings and currently cares for children with profound disabilities. Kieran is on board to assist Parkour UK for a temporary period with support from Sport England.