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!

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?