It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like…..Physie Interclub Season!

It’s that time of the year again, Physie Interclub Season, has begun!

The scent of spray tan lingers in the air, cans of hairspray are stock piling, new leotards have arrived, hair pieces have arrived from the UK and the road tripping has begun.

Months of learning and practice now hit the floor for warm up competitions begin in preparation for Champion Girl at the end of the year.

Everton hit the road of the weekend, for a ‘little’ trip down to Tenterfield to join in an awsome interclub, hosted by our ‘sister’ club Granite Belt. Beautifully organised to perfection, it was great to see so much wonderful physie in a fun and friendly enviroment.

physie bags

Guess what our club colours are?

Yes the red and white bags are full of make-up, hair bits, tan, fishnets, leotards and more!

The winter woolies came out of retirement, as in Brisbane we really don’t need too much of that sort of thing. Heading south with overnight forecasts of 1 degree is a bit scary for the subtropical dwellers like us.

Physie weekends away are fun! Lot’s of wine, good food, physie, and time to relax and enjoy meals together. As my stomach is tied in knots when my girls go on the floor, after a long a day it is great to have the time to relax and chat to all the families that make up team Everton.

physie breakfast

Competition day starts with a good breakfast. French toast, banana, bacon, maple syrup and really good Merlo coffee hit the spot perfectly at the Willow Tree Cafe in the main street of Tenterfield. Others at the table had waffles, ham and cheese french toast or a big traditional hot breakfast. Not one of us was disappointed with their choices.

physie girls

The sun shone, and it was really quite mild if you were not in the wind, so we took the opportunity to to take some pics, before the girls hit the floor for competition.

Physical culture or physie as it is called is an amazing sport for girls to participate in. Building strength, flexibility, stamina it is great for health and deportment. Fantastic friendships have been formed. Some families have mum and daughter participate and this really is the most delightful sight. My girls only started 6 years ago, but some start as little tiny tots and never stop. With age brackets for all ladies, it is one of the wonderful things you can do at any age. Celebrating 120 years of dance sport, BJP Physical Culture is a fabulously healthy and inspiring thing to be part of.

Thank you Tenterfield for making everyone feel so welcome, nothing beats country hospitality. We are looking forward to our next visit in a few years time.

Sharing today for #IBOT with Essentially Jess.

Physie National Championships 2012 – Sydney Opera House

For 5 years my girls have been doing Physie, and each year we hear about Senior Nationals at the Opera House, how wonderful it is, the countries best Physie on display, how dressed up everyone gets…….and this year we got to experience it ourselves!

Miss WW qualified for Nationals for the first time, so over the last two weeks, we have had two return trips from Brisbane down to Sydney, been through 3 cans of Le Tan ‘Dark Bronze’ spray on tan, scoured the internet for good accommodation for a good price, packed, unpacked, packed, unpacked, taken the obligatory trip to Paddy’s Market for another hair piece, drunk a zillion coffee’s, taken time off work and school, and spent a small fortune  –  all for a night at the Opera House.

IT WAS SO WORTH IT!! 

I have never been inside the Opera House before, and I was not disappointed. It truly is an enchanting place, and BJP Physical Culture is so lucky that they are able to take over the Concert Hall for a night of glitz, glamour and leotards!

The best Physie from around the country is on display. Girls and ladies arrive in beautiful dresses with their hair and make up done to perfection, proud families join in too. So many photo’s are taken to remember this special occasion. It is an honour to make it on to the Nationals floor and the work displayed was inspiring.

Miss WW did not place this year, but had the most wonderful time, performed beautiful Physie, collected all sorts of wonderful souveniers and gifts from her club members and just had a smile on her face all day.

Congratulations Brooke Davey – a very worthy Grand Floor Winner – 2012!

For most of the competitors – years of hard work, stretching and practicing has been done to get the chance to tred the boards that have seen so many famous artists share the same stage.

Every single entrant deserves a trophy and I wish you could all receive one!

Until next year………..wishing the Physie world a safe and merry Christmas and another fantastic year in 2013!

From Brains To Barbie – Our Week Ahead!

From Psych Finals to Physie Finals – we are in for one hell of a week! 

My Daughter is in for one of the biggest weeks of her life – and as her mother I am feeling every bit of nerves and stress that she feels, as I support her as best I can and at the same time praying for success!

Miss R is nearing the end of Year 11, at school, and that can be stressful enough, but she attends an amazing school etablished by the government to provide a unique learning enviroment for clever, gifted and dedicated. They do not follow the Autralian Corriculum, but intead they are an IB school and follow the International Baccalaureate program which gives them an Internationally recognised diploma, excepted by all universities around the world.

This privilege comes with a price, the IB programme is incredibly hard work, pushing the students way beyond what most year 11 students have to cope with. It takes a huge amount of work and dedication to acheive good results. One of the big differences in the IB way of learning, is that each student does an ‘Anticipated’ subject, and today and tomorrow will be sitting her final exams for Psycology, not at the end of next year like most year 12’s, this is one subject that ends now and her results will form part of her final IB score, where 45 is the goal!

The beauty of this, is that next year she only has 5 subjects for her final year, but the downside is the stress, learning, cramming, and pressure of sitting her first exams that count NOW! She has worked so hard and she knows her ‘stuff’, but I am still feeling sick in the stomach! Miss R wants to become a Neuro surgeon, so just passing is not an option, she needs to rock today and tomorrow!

AND if that is not enough stress for one week, there is more……….

Miss R has another passion in life PHYSIE – precision dance that is in the business end of the year with finals looming! She loves the exercise, the friendships and winning.

So as the week progresses, Miss R will metamorph from Super Geek to Blonde Barbie, as the school uniform gets replaced with spray tan, big blonde hair, fishnets and a leotard as we fly to Sydney on Friday, so she can compete in the qualifying rounds for Nationals and a ticket to the finals at the Opera House on the 19th of November!

With the help of a fabulous hairpiece from the UK, Miss R becomes a real life barbie doll!

Miss R takes her physie very seriously and has worked so hard in the hope of making it through to Nationals for the first time. Many girls have been doing physie since they were tiny tots, but we discovered this amazing sport only 5 years ago, so Miss R is a ‘late’ starter, but she loves it and it is a healthy distraction from the hours spent studying, and like everything in her life, she gives 100% or nothing, there is no in between.

So like every mum out there, I am doing my best to stay calm (not that successful at the moment), be supportive and help her on her way to acheiving the success she deserves!

GOOD LUCK BEC – I LOVE YOU AND I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!

It’s Physie Competition Time, Bring On The Hair, Makeup And Leotards!

Winter has arrived with a big bang, and that means one thing in our household, it’s Physie Competition time again!

As the temperature drops, the competition season is starting to warm up, and it is time to get out the leotards, makeup, hair spray and dive into Interclub’s, State and National Finals.

For those uninitiated readers who are scratching their heads and wondering what ‘Physie’ is, its a form of precision dance, made up of many different styles and combined into an age appropriate choreography of 5 set routines, and the BJP School of Physical Culture has been operating in Australia for 120 years, with clubs all around the country.

Since February my Miss WW’s have been learning their routines, that are performed to music, ready for competition time!

Friday night consisted of a 3 hour workshop, run by a National Grand Champion, Nadina Bampton, who really put the girls through their work and gave them some fabulous stretching exercises.

Sunday saw the whole club assemble for a ‘Chocolate Competition’, where every girl gets to perform their work under competition conditions in front of family.

 Miss WW having a ‘little’ stretch!

Every year we participate in two Interclub competitions, where we get together with other clubs and the girls compete against each other, then they progress on to State Finals, and National Finals in Sydney for some.

Physie is great exercise, good for strength, balance and flexibility and has no age limit, you can keep on physie’ing as long as you want!

Physie promotes fun and friendship, and you don’t have to compete if you don’t want too, but it is a pity to put a years work into learning the sylubus and not having a go at a comp.

Physie girls on Facebook, share hints and tips, share photo’s of comps, sell leotards they don’t want, and my eldest daughter has ‘physie’ friends all over the country.

So it is time to get out all the red and white (our club colours), try on the leotards, refresh the makeup collection, stock up on hair spray and fake tan, ready for another year of fun and frivolity!

What is the favourite sport your children participate in?