Daredevil Sheffield teenager set to compete in global freerunning competition

Look at her go! Daredevil Sheffield teenager Elise Bickley has impressive freerunning skills after starting the hobby as an 11-year-old.

Monday, 28th June 2021, 7:53 pm
Elise Bickley.
Elise Bickley.

And now the 16-year-old will compete with eighteen of the world’s best freerunners in the most anticipated freerunning competition of the year.

Set in the Greek harbour of Mikrolimano in Athens, the gravity defying athletes will compete against one another in Red Bull Art of Motion, which will play out across two huge yachts on an insane floating ‘track’ on July 10.

Elise, who qualified for the competition via an online qualifier, will be competing in her first global competition, and will be up against previous winners and stars of the sport.

Dimitris kyrsanidis of Greece seen during a pre shooting of Red Bull Art of Motion in Athens, Greece on April 3, 2021.

She said: “When I found out that I was heading to Greece to compete in the Red Bull Art of Motion event I couldn’t quite believe it.

"I’ve been doing parkour since I was 11 years-old and so to be competing on this level, against athletes I have admired, watched and learned from since I was young is a dream come true.”

The harbour where the competition will be held is one of Attica’s most picturesque ports, is set within the beautiful Castella neighborhood and is steeped in history.

But as the world’s best freerunners descend on the town next month, they will also be making history.

Elise Bickley - Art of Motion Competitor.

For the first time ever, two traditional Mediterranean sailboats have been converted into a unique platform for the athletes - providing new opportunities to showcase moves and amaze the audience.

The 18 finalists - both male and female - have been whittled down from hundreds of competitors in the online and offline qualifying rounds. They come from across the world, including the UK, USA, Poland and Sweden.

The competitors will be judged on creativity, difficulty, flow, execution and overall performance. The duo with the highest score in each heat will qualify for the final phase, and the six top athletes will go on to compete for podium places.

Freerunning started in France and involves the runner, or ‘traceur’, attempting to pass static obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible - using skills such as jumping, vaulting, rolling, flipping or climbing.