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NELMES David
Great Britain
GBR
Title
Mr
Lastname
NELMES
Firstname
David
Gender
male
Country
Great Britain
Place of birth
Leeds
Year of birth
1994 (27 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Parkour
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Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Photographer
Spoken languages
English
Injuries
During his career he has suffered a broken shoulder as well as a few minor fractures. (newsround.io, 21 Dec 2017)
Start sporting career
He took up parkour at age 16. "I'd practise in my garden alone at first and in local parks, before I found out about a community in Leeds who train together and knew all the best locations." (independentleeds.co.uk, 02 Apr 2017; blog.myreon.com, 15 Feb 2018)
Reason for taking up the sport
He took up the sport after watching videos of it on the internet. "Parkour comes with so many benefits; it allows you to see the world; to see obstacles in a different way; it enables you to escape; it can open up job opportunities, lead you into new hobbies and paths; you gain a lot of confidence, relieve stress, and feel better about yourself." (independentleeds.co.uk, 02 Apr 2017; blog.myreon.com, 15 Feb 2018)
Philosophy / Motto
"Travelling and jumping is pretty much my life." (Twitter profile, 04 Nov 2018)
Additional information
General
ROOFTOPPING IN DUBAI
In 2017 he visited Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he performed stunts such as climbing unassisted on the side of a 70-storey building, and jumping through gaps on top of a 43-storey building called the Al Dar tower. "I hope the public is smart enough not to confuse rooftoppers for parkour practitioners. Nowadays, it [rooftopping] has become a big thing and people without training are trying things they aren't capable of. We have years of experience and training which allows us to be able to attempt these 'stunts' safely. I'm always in control when I'm on a rooftop. I check every surface before I step on it. For example, with the strides on the Al Dar tower, I jumped the smaller gaps and slowly built up to skipping a gap with each step. I also did it over the safe drop over the roof before moving to the 'death drop'. It becomes easy and comfortable. I've never failed or come close while being at height or on a rooftop. While training at ground level you tend to push yourself more as it's not a high risk if you fall. I've had a few injuries from that." (kgaleejtimes.com, 26 Dec 2017; lovindubai.com, 24 Dec 2017)

BUSINESS
He runs a video production and photography company called Captive Visuals. (Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2020)

Last update : 2020-03-16

World / Challenge Cup

2021 - FIG Parkour World Cup Sofia SOFIA (BUL)

Men Speed
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
24.020

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

Men Speed
Rank Final
9
Score Final
13.770
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
10.540

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 HIROSHIMA (JPN)

Men Speed
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
11.530
Men Freestyle
Rank Final
8
Score Final
18.500
Rank Qualif.
7
Score Qualif.
19.000

2019 - FIG World Cup 2019 CHENGDU (CHN)

Men Speed
Rank Final
1
Score Final
10.460
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
10.990
Men Freestyle
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
18.000

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 HIROSHIMA (JPN)

Men Speed
Rank Final
4
Score Final
36.450
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Multisport Events / Games

2019 - World Urban Games BUDAPEST (HUN)

Men Speed
Rank Final
4
Score Final
22.150
Rank Semifinal
2
Score Semifinal
21.740
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
22.500