Rebecca Hicks from Wauchope Physical Culture Club recently took home the 1st year senior national title at the Sydney Opera House.
How long have you been involved with BJP Physical Culture?
I started as a preschooler in Port Macquarie and moved over to the Wauchope club from the age of 5. My younger sister is also a Physie girl, with my mum and her mum also being apart of the ‘Physie world’.
This year I started helping the younger classes at Wauchope, and it’s been wonderful watching all the little ones enjoy themselves and learn their Physie dances.
What does Physie involve?
Physie builds confidence and poise, but that’s not all… Physie also develops good posture, strength, fitness, flexibility, co-ordination and balance through a regular program of exercise and dance.
Our choreography is age-appropriately designed to teach the relationship of music to movement, rhythm and musical interpretation.
We provide a new syllabus and music every year and run annual competitions for teams and individuals. You don’t have to compete, but representing your club with your friends can be a lot of fun.
The friends you make at Physie will be friends for a lifetime. Learning Physie improves confidence, develops a sense of achievement and helps to build self-esteem in the best way possible – by encouraging girls to perform in front of an audience.
Those who aren’t involved in Physie don’t really know a lot about it, but isn’t it a very popular sport?
Yes, Physie is actually quite a large sport. There are over 500 clubs Australia wide, with four clubs in the Hastings area alone. Physie is for girls and ladies of all ages and ability.
What is a typical year for a Physie girl?
Classes commence between the last week of January and first week on February. A syllabus for each age group is sent from Sydney, and we learn and practice very hard to perfect each routine before competition time.
Friendly competitions are run from July to August; these are designed to iron out all the nerves and have a relaxed run through of your work before the BIG competitions start later on.
Nationals for both junior and senior girls, as well as ladies, are held in late November, and that is something that each girl works all year to reach. Team events are held around October.
You recently went to the National Finals held at the Sydney Opera House. How well did you perform?
The senior section are for girls aged between 15-28+, and they are broken into their own age groups within this.
Unlike junior nationals, all girls in the senior section must compete at the national semi finals at Homebush and then be selected in the final top 15 in each age group to progress through to the Senior Championships at the Sydney Opera House.
The Senior Championships are the pinnacle of the competitions, and I was lucky enough to be selected to compete there for the past two years. This year, however, I won my section and took out the National Title in my section.
How does it feel to be the national champion, and was it something you ever thought you could achieve?
It’s a very surreal feeling. I wake up each day and look over at my trophy, to make sure that it wasn’t a dream. To win a national tittle was definitely something that I never thought I could do, so for it to actually happen is amazing.
I was so happy to get through to the top 15; every girl who makes it through is amazing and so talented, so to win was really something special.
What is the best thing about Physie?
I have made some amazing friendships from Physie, not just at my own club, but from all over.
Physie is one big family, and at the end of the day no matter what the result, everybody gets along. These are memories I will have forever.
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