Q: Where is your club located in Australia?
A: Hunters Hill and Putney, on the Parramatta River in Sydney.
Q: How long have you been doing Physie?
A: A million years…. Well, actually about 45 but this is my first year as part of the BJP teaching community.
Q: What do you love most about teaching Physie?
A: So many things! Sharing my love of Physie with my two daughters is definitely a highlight. Helping my girls and ladies achieve their goals, however big or small, is what drives me each year. Witnessing the joy when someone finally grasps a tricky move after weeks of trying is so inspiring – mini moments worthy of celebration. As the years go by, running a Club built on friendship and positive interactions, where respect, loyalty and support for one another is valued more than trophies and medals, makes me feel like I’m involved in something really good.
Q: What’s your favourite routine?
A: The 13s Warm Up is a personal favourite. Funky!!! And THAT SONG … it’s constantly in my head. I feel cool even just singing it out loud at class. You can just imagine how much the teens love it too when I sing…
Q: When you first started your club, what was the most unexpected thing?
A: In our first year, we only had a small handful of ladies – I tracked them down from my childhood days of Physie and asked (begged) them to come back to support me. Most of them hadn’t touched their toes for 20 years but they enthusiastically agreed to give it a crack. And they worked hard. Well, they won their section that first year and boy, was that unexpected. I remember feeling like I’d just won an Olympic medal! I became hooked on teaching that day.
Q: What’s your favourite quote?
A: “If you’re not winning, you’re learning”. For me, this is about the importance of post-comp reflection – a really good way to not only teach your girls about being gracious in defeat but also an opportunity to provide fair, honest and constructive feedback in order to improve.
Q: Who has inspired you the most on your Physie journey?
A: Definitely my mum who encouraged (pushed) me to open my Club in 2006 when I didn’t think I could do it. She’s been by my side at every practice and every competition and is the real heart of Hunters Hill Physie. I’m super grateful for the values she has instilled in me.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in the Physie year?
A: Definitely competition time. Win or lose, it’s about the opportunity for our girls to showcase their newly acquired skills and this year especially, as Hunters Hill has transitioned across from another Physie, I will be even more proud to watch my girls perform.