Club shows winning culture

NEPEAN Physie Club have scored highly in the national competitions.

Nepean physical culture players Taryn Blissett, 16, of Kingswood, and Lauren Perry, 17, of Werrington, came respectively third and fourth in the Australian competition in the Sydney Opera House last December.

Hayley McKenzie, 15, of Londonderry, came third in the 14-years section.

Physical culture ("physie") combines dance with aerobics and gymnastics.

Leesa Morris and Jessie and Hannah Taylor performed with the top 15 of their age group at the national competition.

Nepean Physical Culture Club head teacher Kim Annesley said: "We had 13 junior and two lady students represent us at the competition after placing at zone level.

"Taryn and Lauren have been doing physie with us since they were little.

"Seeing them win their places at the Opera House was fantastic."

Taryn said it felt amazing to hear her name announced in third place.

"Once I wouldn't have thought I could have performed in front of 10 people," she said. "How could I in front of thousands? But the adrenalin kicked in and I just did it."

Lauren said she did not expect to do so well, so that coming fourth was an exciting experience.

"I tried so hard just to get into the competition," she said. "I love doing it and I love meeting the people I do from all over Australia."

Hayley said "physie" was her passion and that when competing she did it "100 per cent".

"I've been doing this since I was three," she said.

"I think it is my life, because of the friendships I've built and because of what it does for me."

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