2020 was meant to mark the 60th year anniversary of Edith Parsons School of Physical Culture, as well as the 30th year anniversary of Tuggerah Lakes as a club. There were plans for dinners, celebrations and the regular cycle of competitions , ending with our Grand Finals at Sydney Town Hall.
We started the year with an amazing fundraiser initiative organised by the EP board - an EP dance day in four separate zones, raising money for the incredible RFS to support the thousands of people that lost everything in the horrific 2019/2020 bushfire season. EP raised over $12,000, with our own Central Coast zone raising $1300 to contribute.
We all excitedly began learning our new syllabus, while keeping a cautious eye on the "flu" that was coming from overseas. A few weeks in we understood more about how serious this was, but did not know how severely it would affect our daily lives, including our Physie. By the end of term 1, NSW was in lockdown, and Physie as we know it had to change.
We started with Facebook and Instagram challenges, uploads of videos from when we still had classes, and finally joined the Zoom phenomenon. Physie had gone from a weekly outing to an online class in our living rooms.
Working it all in around remote learning, lockdown, masks and consistent handwashing - it would have been easy to just pack it in. Pick up and start again in 2021. Tuggerah Lakes members, however, showed true resilience and persistance - turning up week after week to complete their lessons and learn the syllabus through a screen. How proud we are of our physie girls! You have made this year so much more bearable, just to see your smiling faces each week.
After three long months we were finally able to get back to work - and honestly, it was a lot easier than we thought it would be!! Being back in class was a joy, being able to spend time with our physie friends and family (while socially distancing of course!). We discussed whether or not champion girl competitions would be postponed, or cancelled as we learned that there would be no team competitions in 2020.
The EP board never gave up! They continued to call venues, sort out numbers, deal with venue cancellations and start the process again. They discussed recording competitions and spectator numbers in collaboration with other physie codes that were all going through the same struggles. What a great day it was, to have our Junior Showcase day as the first EP club, and the first physie competition ever, to be livestreamed to share the day with our family and friends.
This swelled a chain reaction, with interclub competitions and finally our champion girl competitions being livestreamed internationally, spreading physie far and wide for all to see. We were so lucky to be the only physie to give this experience to our members.
Finally, we made it to our Grand Finals - not in our beloved Sydney Town Hall, but it what turned out to be a fantastic substitute, the Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park. As Tuggerah Lakes we took an incredible 20 representatives, all of which smiled, sparkled and shone in a way we have never seen before.
We are so lucky to have such a resilient and persistent board, not only within Tuggerah Lakes, but also through Edith Parsons Physi. Thank you so much for everything you have done for us this year.
Bring on 2021!!
Tuggerah Lakes Junior State Finalists
Elementary and 2nd year Finalists
Caitlin Trigg - 1st Place
Sally Hyslop - 2nd Place
Tracey Wilson - 5th Place
2nd Year Ladies
Sandy Pluss - Zone Finalist
Leesa Trigg - South Zone Grand Finalist
Seniors and Ladies Sectional Finalists
Sophie Kelaher - 3rd Place
Anna Jones - Sectional Finalist
Brooke Porter - 6th Place
Bec Prendergast - Sectional Finalist
Karen Faulkner-Hulls - 3rd Place
Suzanne Hull - 5th Place
Sandra Emery - 1st Place
Robyn Pooley - 3rd Place
Trish Watts - 7th Place
Daina Griffin - Sectional Finalist
Amy Pooley - Sectional Competitor
Stacey Sinclair - Sectional Finalist
Tuggerah Lakes 2020 Grand Finalists
Frankie Foran - Grand Finalist
Billie Martin - 6th Place
Audrina Hunt - Grand Finalist
Emma Allum - 4th Place
Evie Peterson - 5th Place
Ruby Beard - Grand Finalist
Hannah Elliot - Grand Finalist
Zimmer Dempsey - 4th Place
Miley V - 9 years Grand Champion
Brooke Jones - Grand Finalist
Bella Peterson - Grand Finalist
Kiralee Garner - Grand Finalist
Maddison Hicks - Grand Finalist
Intermediate Seniors 2
Stephanie Wilson - Grand Finalist
Advanced Ladies Group 2
Louise Phillips - Grand Finalist
Debbie Legge - 4th Place
Suzanne Dean - 3rd Place
Open Seniors Group 1
Kristy Garner - Grand Finalist
Bethany Maddison - Grand Finalist
Open Seniors Group 2
Melissa Brailey - 2nd Place