Posted by Jackie on 26-Oct-2014
Posted by Jackie on 25-Oct-2014
Last year at Repechage you might remember a story of great sportsmanship. Sophie V placed in the 7 years but her friend Sophie B didn’t. Sophie V straight away ran over and hugged her friend to console her. It really was a beautiful moment in physie.
Last weekend at zone they were both hugging again, but this time with tears of joy. Sophie B placed 3rd and Sophie V placed 4th. The left hand photo is 2013, the centre photo is all three Sophie’s from the same club holding hands waiting for the announcement and the right hand photo is two great friends hugging because they are off to Nationals together.
How wonderful to see girls so young being so supportive of each other with such great club spirit and such commendable sportsmanship.
Posted by Jackie on 24-Oct-2014
The best part about judging: giving out prizes
The comp season is hotting up now with Repechage tomorrow and Ladies Nationals on Sunday. At this point it’s appropriate to say “THANKS” to all the teachers who give up so much of their time voluntarily to judge our competitions. Without the judges there would be no competitions!
Teams weekend 2013 judges
Next weekend there will be 48 judges required for all the team events at Homebush and another 68 the weekend after that! All in all there are around 250 judging positions that need to be filled, so next time your judges are introduced, give them a big clap – they really deserve it.
Mucking around at the B&B after a loooong day
At the airport en route to Qld to judge
It’s not easy being a judge: choosing the best physie is the easy part but you always have to leave someone out and that’s hard. Judging is a job that must be done if there’s to be a competition but it doesn’t make breaking hearts any easier. So spare a thought for the judges next time you miss out – they’re probably just as sad as you. And if they give you a prize, remember to say ‘thank you’!
Posted by Jackie on 23-Oct-2014
Up north Physie is spreading like wildfire! The growth in QLD and Far North Coast zones has been just amazing – for instance, 328 girls competed in 7-8 year teams in just those two zones!! What a great bunch of teachers we have up there – congratulations to them all. And the ladies sections are growing as well with many coming back and reigniting their love for physie + new ladies discovering what physie can do for you. In Coffs there were so many Novice ladies they were split into 2 sections of Beginners and Novice. Including the Intermediates and Open Ladies, there were 191 ladies competing over the weekend! What is going on??? We don’t know but we’re just thrilled to see so many people enjoying their physie…
27 beautiful teachers in Qld zone
31 beginner ladies in FNC zone
28 teams of 7-8 years in Qld zone
13 teams of 7-8 years in FNC zone
Posted by Jackie on 21-Oct-2014
Another stalwart was lost to physie on Saturday when Doreen Smith lost her battle with cancer. Doreen taught physie for 58 years first at Lidcombe Berala and then at Balgowlah Uniting. For 13 of those years she taught at both clubs! She was an Associate Teacher of Liverpool and Central Coast Associates, where her precision and skill in demonstrating, interpreting and teaching the syllabus was renowned. Doreen was also a BJP choreographer and a tireless worker at national competitions. She shared her love of physie with everyone she came in contact with, inspiring many to become teachers.
Doreen’s daughters Terri and Nicole invite the physie community to her funeral on Friday 24th October at 2pm at the Latter Day Saints Chapel, Pearce Road, Kanwal. There will be a gathering afterwards at the chapel.
Robyn Phillips, who took over teaching Associates when Doreen retired, says “Doreen introduced me to physie and, since then, my love of physie and my motivation to improve has all stemmed from that first lesson in a small hall in Lidcombe-Berala.
Doreen always gave and expected nothing less than the best, both at lessons or in competition.
She thrived on competition and always considered that her girls were the best whenever they competed, no matter what. Many a lively discussion was had between Doreen and my father on this topic! Of course the same held true for her other great passion – Manly football club. She will be sorely missed by all who have had the fortune to call her a friend.”
Posted by Jackie on 21-Oct-2014
Photography by Heidi Boardman