FABULOUS freerunner Elise Bickley flipped, swung and leaped to a podium finish at a top-class international contest.
The 16-year-old, who trains at Nova City in Parkgate, took third place in the women’s competition at the Red Bull Art of Motion spectacular in Greece last weekend.
Contestants’ skills were pushed to their limit as they navigated a course ranged across two yachts moored in the harbour of Mikrilamino near Athens, taking on the challenge of filling their routines with complex jumps, flips and other gymnastic moves while crossing a floating competition area.
Elise said: “I never thought that I would podium, I’m so happy and I’ve never been so excited to compete before.
“Performing a side flip across the water between two boats was a scary moment but I landed it and it’s definitely the highlight of my run.”
Elise (below right) was beaten to the title by Noa Diorgina (below centre, with second placed Lilou Ruel on the left) from The Netherlands, who became the new 2021 female champion of the sport - at just 16 years old, she is the youngest competitor to have ever won the event.
Another Brit, Edward Scott, took second spot overall, with 22-year-old Krystian Kowalewski from Poland by only 8 points narrowly edging into first place.
Krystian said: “When I found out we were competing on boats, I was worried they would move during the routine.
“But this has actually been one of the best set-ups we’ve had at Red Bull Art of Motion. I honestly couldn’t be happier right now.”
Art of Motion competitors are judged based on five criteria - creativity, difficulty “flow”, execution and overall performance.
You can see a replay of the contest here and find Elise’s run at the 1 hour 12 minutes mark.