22nd Sep, 2019

Talented 10-year-old takes home Bronze in freestyle parkour competition

Harry Leach 19th Jan, 2019

A TALENTED 10-year-old from Redditch ran away with a bronze medal in a freestyle-parkour competition in Rotherham.

Front flips, back flips, corks, twists, you name it – Miller Glen can do it.

The daring Walkwood Middle School pupil decided to brush himself off after failing to qualify for the ‘Project Underground’ competition in 2018.

Undeterred, he went away and honed his free-running skills before applying again this year.

“Not making last year’s tournament actually helped me feel more relaxed going into this one,” said Miller.

“The pressure was off. I wasn’t aiming for a medal or anything like that – I just wanted to qualify.”

And Miller did exactly that.

On his run to the podium Miller had to pit himself against 15 other skilled free-runners – all aged under 12 during the group stage.

Only eight, including Miller, managed to get through to the final.

“Each one of us had to design our own route and perform tricks and skills along the way,” said Miller.

“The judges scored us points based on our ability and how well we did.”

To maintain his flexibility Miller practices a minimum of four hours each week with coaches at Urban Trixs Academy in Solihull.

But mum Layla believes he dedicates far more time to his craft.

She said: “He’s forever practicing new things by bouncing off the sofa at home, running around the park or having a go on the trampoline outside.

“I’ve had a lot of parents look at me as if to say ‘how are you allowing your child to do that?’ – but it doesn’t bother me.

“I’m extremely proud of what he’s going and the skill-set he has.”

Miller is now setting his sights on next year’s Project Underground, where he hopes to achieve gold.

His coaches also believe he will compete at world championships within the next two years.

For more information head to Miller’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/millerparkour

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