Success for Muswellbrook Physical Culture members

MUSWELLBROOK Physical Culture (MPC) will boast a strong presence at the Nationals next month following some excellent results at the annual zone carnival.

The local club recently faced off against the likes of Moree, Armidale, Tamworth, Gunnedah, Coonabarabran, Dubbo and Northern Tablelands – and returned home successful.

“Five members have made it through to Nationals at Sydney Olympic Park on November 26,” president Anna Minett said.

“We’re proud of all our girls; but that is a great outcome for Muswellbrook.

“Our club is made up of both social and competitive members.

“And, the event saw a number of Muswellbrook, Denman and Merriwa girls travel to Tamworth to represent MPC.

“Physie, or physical culture, is a dance sport for girls and women aged three and up.

“It’s a synchronised, team-based sport that’s social, fun and an excellent low impact dance and aerobic activity.

“It’s also a perfect combination of movements designed to increase strength, fitness and flexibility.

“Many of the girls from across their three annexes (Merriwa, Denman and Muswellbrook) made the trip with success in semi-finals, finals, placing for the national competition as well as the chance to compete at Repecharge.”

First time competitors in the five years age group, Grace Roach and Arizona Little, were semi-finalist while Eliza Nixon and Isobel Williams were finalists.

Placings went to Lexie Badior (third), Adelaide Richards (fourth) and Talei Gill-Navatu (fifth).

Given their young age, they do not travel to Sydney for further competition.

Seven years’ semi-finalists included Araya Little, Clair Inder and Shelby Badior, while Violet Roach (eight years), Pia Henderson (nine years), Gabby Boyle (10 years), Mia Hocking (11 years), Tenika Hewitt and Angel Kelleher (14 years) and Nadia Owen (15 years) also reached that level.

Isobel Richards, Charli-Rose Wilson, Olivia Purcell (six years), Bella Sutherland (seven years), Lucy Waters, Tessa Hogan (eight years), Bonnie Minett (10 years), Stephanie Crompton and Tamika Kelleher (11 years) were finalists and travelled to Liverpool at the end of October for Repecharge – their second chance to qualify for Nationals.

Charlotte Nixon placed fourth in seven years, Talia Barnes snared second in the eight years and Julia Troon did likewise in 11 years.

Beth Hobbs also collected third in the 13 years.

All four will now compete at Sydney Olympic Park on November 26.

Meanwhile, senior zone was hosted in Coffs Harbour with a number of club members travelling on October 21 and 22.

Ashleigh Garland, Shireen Fulcher, Suzie Troon, Margie Derksen and club associate Caitlin Folpp all competed with Derksen achieving seventh place.

The girls are able to compete in team and individual champion events.

The 5/6 year team placed third in the district and the 7/8 years squad secured fourth.

If you wish to find out more about Muswellbrook Physical Culture or attend a class in 2018, phone Suzie on 0418 625 639.