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National parkour champion from Lloydminster trying to share love of sport

Eric Reinhart is a national parkour champion and is trying to bring the sport to other youth in the city.
Eric Reinhart is a national parkour champion and is trying to bring the sport to other youth in the city. Newcap TV / Supplied

One 15-year-old boy is trying to bring parkour to the youth of Lloydminster.

Canadian junior champion Eric Reinhart, 15, has been interested in the sport for a long time.

“I have wanted to do parkour since I was a kid, but I never had the chance to until … I met a guy from Edmonton … and he is just the most amazing parkour guy, and he does bars, and is super strong, and he’s just insane,” Reinhart said.

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Parkour is a sport where you have to go from point A to point B as quickly and creatively as possible.

Lessons came with a bit of a hurdle for Reinhart. They had to do private lessons over the Internet because his teacher was in Edmonton and Reinhart is in Lloydminster.

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Now with what Reinhart has learned, he wants to help teach Lloydminster youth about the sport he loves.

“It really wasn’t about the money … it was more about, I honestly like teaching, I just enjoy it and so I thought ‘why not give ‘er a go,’” Reinhart said.

“I feel like there are not a lot of people teaching parkour, there is no one teaching parkour in (Lloydminster), especially not at age 15.”

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Teaching parkour and learning himself might seem like a juggling act, but Reinhart isn’t worried about it.

“I try to use (my time) wisely … and also I’m not 18 yet so I don’t have to get a full job. This is the most time I ever have so I am trying to use it wisely,” Reinhart said.

There aren’t many parkour competitions coming up right now, but Reinhart plans to keep training for the time being.