Physie fans prove fit to be winners

ERSKINE Park's physical culture and dance club is dancing for joy after its best year yet.

The club came from nowhere to take out the 2013 Western Zone Physical Culture and Dance Association championship in just its fourth year.

Clubs come as far as Guildford, Sutherland, the Blue Mountains and Camden.

"We hadn't even reached the top five at the end of the season," head teacher Kim Harvey said. "It was one of the most amazing moments of my life when we found out we had won.

"Fifty members is quite small for a physie club."

Ms Harvey was just out of high school when she opened the club with her sister and two friends in 2010.

It began with 13 members and feared closure at one time.

But the non-for-profit club persevered and has grown each year since.

The club finished in eighth place in 2012.

"It was disheartening not be doing as well as we should," Harvey said. "But it inspired us to go above and beyond."

Members' ages range from two to 74.

Youngsters can start competing once they turn five.

Harvey, 23, has been doing physie for 18 years.

She started off as a youngster at Erskine Park and transferred to Cranebrook for three years in 2006 after her local club closed down before she reopened it.

"I love physie because it's a mixture of everything," Harvey said.

"It improves strength, flexibility and confidence. Our goal this year is to be in the top three."

Training is on Monday nights at Clairgate Public School.

Details: 0413 225 958 or erskineparkpcc.info.

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