City gets the jump on new action sport

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times

Action sport and fantastic food will take over part of Victoria Street in Bunbury this weekend when athletes show off their skills in one of the fastest growing sports.

Parkour specialists Freerun X5 has joined forces with Bunbury City Council for an afternoon of extreme action, food trucks and entertainment on Saturday.

The event will showcase Freerun X5’s parkour/freerunning competition Jam 2017 at Anzac Park, including interstate and international competitors.

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The action will be complemented by a range of food trucks, Victoria Street eateries and demonstrations from the Bunbury Roller Derby crew.

Freerun X5 team member Marc Hay said the team was hoping the event would encourage others to take part in the sport.

“Our goal is to make it a community-based event,” Mr Hay said.

“Anyone can come down and enjoy the action sport that we do.

“We want to create something every year in Bunbury, especially for kids.”

The event will see the second closure of Victoria Street – which will be closed between Stirling and Stephen streets – following a successful Artisan Fayre last month.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said closing a portion of the street and activating it for a range of exciting activities helped to invigorate the CBD.

“The city is very keen to facilitate events such as this to help enhance the vibrancy and diversity of the CBD,” Mr Brennan said.

“It is also important that we promote different and engaging activities to encourage a wide range of people to come into the CBD.”

He said the competition was a “perfect fit” as it also showcased Bunbury to people from interstate and overseas.

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