Q: When did you start physie? A: I started during the Second World War… That was in 1941!!
Q: What attracted you to physie? A: I loved movement and action! Ballet was too boring. Physie had lots of variety.
Q: Where did you start? A: My first club was “Business House” at the MLC Assurance Company. My first teacher was Bonnie Barnes who was a member of Gladesville Club. Then I joined “Leonians” on Tuesday nights at a bank building on the corner of Market & Castlereagh Streets in the city.
Q: Were you a physie star? A: In my first competition (I was about 16 years old) I came third. The audience was seated on terraced wooden platforms on the sixth floor of the bank building. I wasn’t a star but I wanted desperately to teach!
Q: How did you become a teacher? A: When I was 17, I was at a Leonians’ scholarship class and Mrs McAllister asked the class if anyone wanted to become a teacher. I was bursting to say yes and volunteered immediately. I had no car so I went everywhere by public transport. I eventually took over the Maroubra club and went ahead in leaps and bounds.
I love physie and always will.