Often dubbed ‘the synchronised swimming of the land’ Physical Culture, or just Physi to those in the business, is a unique competitive sport that blends dancing, ballet and exercise routines.
Cudgegong Valley Physical Culture has long been training girls in the art of Physi, and so it’s no surprise that their senior team is excelling in state performances.
The senior team, made up of Kia Morgan, Tamara Richards, Amy Jones, Crystal Howlett, Jessica Neville and Louise Blackwell, entered into the State Grand Final at Sydney Town Hall to close out their already successful year.
Preparation for the event, known only as the Grand, takes the entire year and the Cudgegong Valley PC team put in the hours to make sure they were ready for the prestigious tournament.
The preparations paid off, with the six girls taking 6th place out of the 17 teams that traveled to the event, a placing that was impressive for the regional team.
Registered instructress and founder of Cudgegong Valley Physical Culture, Kellie Morgan-Draper, thinks that the girls’ achievements are amazing, but looks back on the importance of the path there as well.
“Of course I am absolutely proud of my girls,” Morgan-Draper said.
“It’s more about the process and the journey however, the results are just something that comes as an icing on the cake.”
The calendar year also has individual competitions for physical culture, with many of the ladies and girls from the team and organisation taking part.
Notably, Lisa Caligari won the Elementary Zone Championship in November, and Alana Neville placed 6th in the Advanced Senior Section, an achievement she repeated from 2015.
In the girls seniors, Kia Morgan made it to the Intermediate Senior Section where she eventually placed 6th, and impressed once more at the Grand.
Kia has been consistent in her appearances at the event, remaining around the top five contestants in the event every time she has entered for the past five years.
Morgan-Draper spoke highly of her young performer at the Grand.
“Kia was selected from the qualifying rounds to compete at the state Grand level, and ended up placing,” she said.
“It’s a great achievement, but Kia has been quite successful through her results because she has trained hard.”
“She does a lot of prep work at home and outside of class, and the girls that go further are the ones that excel.”
The Cudgegong Valley Physical Culture club trains each Wednesday at Perry Hall Studios, and if you are interested in becoming involved with the club contact 0417 225 948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.