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!

It’s Physie Finals Time And The Fever Has Hit This Home!

Have you ever heard of Physie?

More than likely NOT!

 Phyie Fever has hit this house hard, and once it gets it’s teeth into you it’s like drugs – you are hooked and your life will never be the same!

Physie takes over your life when it comes to the business end of the year – NATIONALS!

My blog is suffering from lack of posts, my ironing pile keeps growing (and I am sure the clothes are having babies), house work is ignored and I am exhausted, and I am not even the one competing.

Miss WW is 16 and in 1st Year Seniors, and last weekend, armed with cans of spray on tan, cans of hairspray and every Red and White coloured article of clothing we own, headed to Sydney for the competition at Homebush, Sydney – Nationals Qualifying.

87 girls in Miss WW’s section hit the floor to do their best Physie in the hope of receiving one of the most important prizes in the world of Physie – the golden envelope – your spot in the National Finals, at the Sydney Opera House.

Miss WW is in her 5th year of Physie, and she got her envelope, so tomorrow, we pack our bags and on the plane we go again, back to Sydney and all the pomp and ceremony which goes hand in hand with the famous Opera House.

A year of hard work, all boils down to 15 minutes on the most famous stage in Australia and the chance to win or place at Nationals.

For us (the physie mums) we hold our breath, try and keep calm and drink another glass of wine, hoping that it will be our daughter that succeeds, fingers and toes are crossed, and good luck my beautiful girl, your dream is coming true!

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?

Miss WW Has A Serious Addiction!

 Most 16 year olds have a fixation on something, fortuntely Miss WW has a healthy one!

While many girls Miss WW’s age are totally focused on boys and their social lives, mine is a little different. She is a high achieving student, has a great group of friends both male and female, is a little OCD and when she gets on a role with anything she gives it 100%.

When she was younger, we had many of the usual childhood fixations, including horses (she set up a stable in her wardrobe) and faithfully looked after her fluffy horse, thinking that if she could show us that she could look after a horse we would buy her one! Nup!  Then it was witches that took her fancy, the toy broom we got her for Halloween was taken out into the backyard for many hours of jumping off the retaining wall, absolutely convinced if she kept trying she would fly! Nup!

As with most children we also tried out many extra-curricular activities including gymnastics, jazz ballet, karate, tae kwan do and swimming, but none of these were long term successes, as interest wore off quickly and it became a chore to get her to attend classes, so no point continuing to drain the wallet on these choices.

But 5 years ago, Miss WW, discovered a wonderful new of world of leotards….

 

No, Miss WW is not competing for Australia at the next Olympics for gymnstics, nor is she a prima ballerina, 5 years ago we discovered the world of Physie, and things have never been the same since!

Physie, what is that I hear you ask???????

Physical Culture or ‘Physie’ as it is affectionately known is a form of precision dance. Even though the Bjelke-Peterson School of Physical Culture has been operating on the east coast of Australia for 120 years, it is amazing how many people have never heard of this incredible sport that girls from 5 to 105 can participate in and even compete for the coverted “Champion Girl” prize each year.

Each year level learns routines choreographed to music, develop flexibility and strength and make some great friends. As the year progresses you get to enter about 5 competitions and most girls will have one, two or maybe three leotards to get them through, but no Miss WW!

Thanks to Face book, physie girls from all around the country are now permanently connected and corresponding, and of course there is the LEOTARD SWAPS AND SALES PAGE that Rebecca trolls day and night, night and day, buying more bargains and selling those she does not want any more…..hence the ever growing collection that is neatly sorted and packed for safe keeping.

She used to dither and deliberate about which leo to wear each time a competition came around, this year is going to be torturous, how on earth will she EVER decide which one to wear??

What are your Miss 16’s in to?