Coal Point Physical Culture Club is an Edith Parsons affiliated club in the Lake Macquarie region and 2021 will mark its 20th year.
Our lead instructress, Carolyn Frame, celebrated her fiftieth year of teaching physie in 2020 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club. In this time, she has helped her students achieve their dreams of competing at the State Grand Finals, with many gaining places and several even walking away with the prestigious title of State Grand Champion.
Miss Kelsey is excited to be teaching our preschool class in 2021 and assisting Mrs. Frame with our junior classes. She is an experienced physie girl herself, who will be competing in the Open Senior Section for the first time in 2021. In 2020, Kelsey placed 5th in the 2nd Year Intermediate Senior section at the State Grand Finals.
Miss Hayley will be bringing her experience and knowledge of physie to our teens class in 2021, assisting Mrs. Frame with the challenging and physical work that the teens class brings. Hayley has represented Coal Point Physie at the State Grand Finals since she first joined the club in 2016, competing in the elite Open Senior Section for the past two years.
Our members range from girls and ladies who have never done physie before to girls and ladies who have grown up doing physie at other clubs. We have mums and their daughters doing physie and even grandmas and their granddaughters!
Our club is a bit like a family. We have watched newborn babies turn into toddlers who turn into physie girls, and we have watched young physie girls grow up, graduate university, and get married. We support each other and have a great time catching up each week in class.
Our ladies' class is a perfect example of how social physie can be. Our monthly coffee night is always well attended and is a great chance to chat and get to know each other better.
Girls can start formal competitions in the five-year section and keep competing for as long as they feel they are able.
Interclub competitions are usually held in August and are hosted by different clubs each year. These are a good 'warm-up' competition between a small number of clubs. Girls (and ladies) can be placed at these competitions but their results will not have any effect on the main competitions later in the year.
Main competitions are held between the end of September until the end of November. These begin with zone competitions (Sydney and Coffs Harbour) where a select number of girls are chosen to progress to the state final, held at Hurstville Civic Centre. Here, the finalists from both zones compete together in order for the judges to choose the best 12 girls in the state for that age division. These twelve girls then compete at the State Grand Finals, held at the Sydney Town Hall, for the chance to be awarded State Grand Champion in their age group.
From 7-8yrs onwards, clubs can put together teams of six girls who compete together against other teams. They are not only judged on their positions but also on their synchronicity. Teams can experiment with formations in marching and on their team positioning and can be absolutely amazing to watch.