Coal Point Physical Culture Club is the only Edith Parsons affiliated club in the Lake Macquarie and Newcastle region and 2016 will mark its 15th year.
Our lead instructress, Carolyn Frame, has been teaching physi for forty-five years 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. She has also led her teams to many victories over the years, most recently with the Coal Point 7/8year team who won their zone in 2015.
Molly Sullivan, an experienced physi girl herself, teaches the teenage class at both the Toronto and Jewells classes. Molly competes as an Open Senior and is able to assist the girls moving from the junior section into the more senior work. Molly has developed a wonderful rapport with her students and celebrated their success of a team placing in 2015 and individual personal bests.
Karissa Freestone is the newest member to our teaching ranks, but is no amatuer. Karissa has competed as a physie girl since she was 3 years of age under the tuition of her mother and has already demonstrated her rich knowledge of how to teach 'technique'. Karissa has been a BJP National Champion herself and her daughter, Hollie, took out the 8yr EP State Grand Champion title in 2015 - in her first year of Edith Parsons physi.
Mrs Freestone will be teaching the 5/8yrs, 9/12yrs and ladies classes at the Jewells/Belmont location.
Our members range from girls and ladies who have never done physi before to girls and ladies who have grown up doing physi at other clubs. We have mums and their daughters doing physi and even grandmas and their grand daughters!
Our club is a bit like a family. We have watched newborn babies turn into toddlers who turn into physi girls, and we have watched young physi girls grow up, graduate university and get married. We support each other and have a great time catching up each week at class.
Our ladies class are the perfect example of how social physi 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.