2023 Hayley

It’s been 24 years since I left physie and looking back now, I wish I had continued with it throughout my adult years.

I finally returned to physie last year and absolutely loved it. My two daughters (Sage 3yo and Isla 6yo) have also started at the club. Being at Balgowlah with my little girls has brought our family so much joy. Isla was lucky enough to compete on the national stage at Repechage last year and has fallen in love with physie just as I did at her age. Sage loves copying her big sister and keeps asking when she can compete too.

Being back at physie has fulfilled me in so many ways. It has been so special having Maxine as my teacher (as she was my teacher when I was a little girl) and being able to reconnect with the girls I did physie with many years ago. I feel like I have found my passion again and can’t wait for the 2024 season!

I remember that I had barely caught my breath after the dance when my number was called out by the judges, and it completely floored me. I’d competed at the Opera House a lot when I was younger, but unfortunately had never managed to place, so it was a dream come true for me to win the cup (and especially so after so many years away)!

- Hayley Rabbitts
2022 Georgia

Physie has always been a part of Georgia’s life and family. Growing up, her Grandmother and Mother did it so it was only natural that she did as well. Starting at 3 years old and never looking back, it became a place of fun, fitness and friendship.

She was lucky enough growing up to be in 5 winning junior teams. Team competitions have always been one of her favourite parts of Physie and this is perhaps what encouraged her to become a teacher at her beloved club in 2007. It was a natural extension to her Physie life while being able to share her love of Physie with others. She hopes through her teaching to pass on that same feeling of achievement and camaraderie while still having fun to her students.

Whilst always doing Physie, Georgia also competed in Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance competitions. The things she has learnt through doing all types of dance has helped her tremendously in her Physie.

Georgia has worked hard through her many years at Physie to get where she is today and to have won her section is an achievement she will never take for granted.

When my number was called as the winner of my section I almost couldn’t believe it. I have worked towards this goal my whole Physie life and to have it happen was just incredible. I will never forget the feeling and never stop working hard to achieve this result. Physie has played such an important role in who I am today and to win was just icing on the cake. I am so proud that I could do it for my club, my students and mostly my Mum.

- Georgia Graham
2017 Caitlyn

Caitlyn’s Mum was a long time Balgowlah Physie girl and the minute Caitlyn was out of nappies she took her first physie lesson at Balgowlah Physie Club. She had great success as a junior, placing three times at Nationals, before her family moved to New Zealand. Caitlyn says she also learned some important life lessons during her junior years – about dealing with disappointment and showing true sportsmanship. At 8 years old, she realised Physie was all about dancing for the fun of it.

In 2013, when Caitlyn returned to Sydney to live on her own, the first thing she did was re-join Balgowlah Physie Club. Caitlyn says Balgowlah Physie was a place she felt at home and was able to reconnect with friends and teachers and felt close to her Mum, even though she was back in Auckland.

Caitlyn worked very hard at her Physie over the next four years and was rewarded with the 21-22 years national title in 2017. It was a special moment for Balgowlah Physie Club, as it was the first Opera House Senior Cup in the club for 17 years.

Winning the national title was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I was shocked and excited but mostly overwhelmed by gratitude. The win to me was much more than being the best and winning a beautiful cup. Physie has taught me life lessons you cannot buy and my life wouldn’t be complete without it. At that special moment when my number was read out as the winner, I realised dreams really do come true.

- Caitlyn Hosking
2012 - 2016 Kristy

Kristy started Physie when she was 6 years old on the Central Coast and competed every year until she was 22 years. Then in 1997 she moved to Sydney to complete a University Dance Degree and decided to “hang up her leotard” and continue her professional dance career.

In 2012, a friend added Kristy to the Facebook Physie Chat, and whilst scrolling through the posts she was reminded about how much fun Physie was and it sparked her interest to come back to Physie.

Kristy was eligible to enter the BJP Novice Ladies competition as she had been out of the sport for more than 15 years. Kristy’s natural talent was obvious when she was awarded the National Novice Ladies Champion in 2012, 2013 & then the National Intermediate Ladies Champion 2014 – 2016.

Kristy is currently the Studio Director of her own dance company, which she established in 2010.

When I won for the first time in 2012, I was in shock! I had never won at a national level before and I was not expecting it at all. Winning for five consecutive years exceeded all my expectations and I just want to share it with all the other ladies in the club, who make it so much fun.

- Kristy Wynter
2011 Jasmine

Jasmine comes from a family of 3 generations of Physie girls. Jasmine’s grandmother did Physie as a child at Rosebay in the 1950s and her mother has done Physie her whole life.

Jasmine began Physie at 3 years old at the Balgowlah Club in the tinies class and loved it from day one. She moved overseas with her family in 2008 and 2009 and missed her Physie terribly. When she returned to Australia in 2010 she worked very hard to regain her Physie skills. She was aptly rewarded for her hard work when she won the National title the following year.

Jasmine lives in Forestville and currently attends Roseville College. She plays the piano and loves gymnastics and skiing.

I felt so proud when I won the National title – both my cousins have won but I never dreamt I could do it too. Physie has given me lots of confidence and I’m really looking forward to learning the older age group’s syllabus.

- Jasmine Wong
2011 Lacey

Lacey is an outstanding representative of the Balgowlah Physie club. She began with the club at just 2 years old and placed every year at junior zone competitions. Lacey has been a National Finalist 8 times and the club was so proud of her when she was named the National 13 year Grand Champion Girl in 2011.

Lacey lives in Curl Curl and attends Freshwater Senior Campus. She enjoys netball, snow boarding, jazz and contemporary.

Lacey currently teaches our Preschoolers, 5-6 years and 7-8 years classes.

She is a highly valued member of our club.

I was very shocked when I won Nationals. Placing was my dream but winning never entered my mind. Physie is not just an interest, it’s part of my life. Through Physie I have met life long friends and many great role models.

- Lacey Skelton
2010 Yvette

Yvette started Physie when she was 4 years old at the Pymble Club and joined Balgowlah club at the age of 6 when her Mum began teaching the juniors at the Club.  She loved being involved in a wide variety of sports during her school years. Yvette has always enjoyed the social side of Physie and has made some lifelong friends through the experience.

She placed at Nationals in the 10 Years and was an Opera House finalist in the 1st Years and 2nd Years, before taking a break from Physie.  Following her HSC, Yvette studied at The University of NSW and UNC in America where she completed her Bachelor of Arts & Communications.

When she returned to Physie into the Ladies, she was placed 2nd at Nationals in 2009 and went on to become the Under 33 Years National Champion the following year.

Yvette is presently working in the media industry in London but hopes to get back to the Balgowlah Ladies class on her return.

I’ve always been focused on the  teamwork side of Physie, as it’s such a fun experience, so I was totally amazed to achieve this result. I was pretty proud to have an opportunity to achieve this goal, especially for the Balgowlah club. Everyone at Balgowlah is always so supportive.

- Yvette Szalay
2005 Emma

Emma enjoyed Physie from the moment she started, as a 6 year old at the Balgowlah Club. She quickly formed fantastic friendships with the girls in her age group, even though they are all from different schools in the area. The girls are very supportive of each other and love catching up each week at class, as well as outside of Physie.

Normally a rather reserved child, Physie has helped Emma’s confidence enormously. She started Physie as her Mum thought she could try something that she loved herself as a child, and had fond memories growing up doing Physie with her own Mum and cousins.

Emma’s natural talent was very obvious from the outset – she made Nationals in her first 2 years of competing, in the 6 and 7 years and then the following year was named the 8 Year National Champion. The consistent effort she put into her Physie in those first 3 years paid off! Balgowlah Club had not had a junior champion for 11 years, so it was an outstanding achievement and a time of celebration!

I thought I might faint when I stood on the podium to receive my trophy because I couldn’t believe that I had won. I love Physie because I know it is good exercise and I have fun with my friends but I never imagined I would become a National Champion – it was very exciting

- Emma