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
Posted by Jackie on 19-Oct-2014
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Posted by Jackie on 17-Oct-2014
Hi Everyone, My name is Hilary Balmond and I am a documentary Editor and Director. I am in the process of developing a documentary all about Physie and its place in the Australian cultural landscape.
I find Physical Culture fascinating. I love the fact that it is uniquely Australian. And the contradiction that it is hugely popular yet I continue to come across people that know nothing about it – and now it has several generations of participants!
I am at the beginning of my Physie journey and have a lot to learn but I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the responses from the BJP Physie girls that I have spoken to so far.
My team and I are in the process of creating a ‘sizzle reel’ – a short video piece that shows our vision for the film. The sizzle reel will be used to apply for funding so that we might film with you, and follow your Physie journeys, throughout next year.
To have a truly rich and representative documentary, we hope to film with your clubs all over the country. This will allow us to have moments that capture the actual physical Australian landscape as well as the Physie community within it. Hopefully we’ll also get to talk to mums and dads, judges and teachers,