Our teachers at The Point Physie.
OUR TEACHING STAFF FOR 2019
The Point Physical Culture Club, established in 2015, has been the vision of our passionate and inspiring teachers, Jo Walsh, Catherine Carney, Jo Reeson, Kirsty Schofield, Kara Hall and Julie Rudd. Together they strive to create a supportive and friendly atmosphere for all our members. As a group, we aim to encourage a high level of club spirit, with every member supporting each other. Our teachers work tirelessly to make each girl the best they can be, whilst making classes fun and rewarding.
Through positive encouragement and engaging classes, children learn how to communicate through movement, music and performance, giving them the skills they need to thrive.
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MEET Jo Walsh - LADIES
When Jo’s Mum first dressed her in a leotard at four years of age, little did she know that 'Physie' would become part of her life for the next 50 years. From the age of seven Jo competed at Zone level and was a finalist or place getter in her age division up until 17 when she received 1st Place and the title of National Champion in the 2nd Yr Senior section. Jo performed competitively through all the Senior age groups until she started her family (Ryan, Erin & Kieran) and took a few years break.
Jo resumed physie in 1992 at Menai-Illawong where she competed as a lady, once again making National Finals and taking several places in the years to follow. In October 2008 Jo was crowned 'Ladies National Champion' in the Over 43’s section, then to her delight was 'Ladies National Champion' in the Over 53’s section consecutively in 2012 & 2013.
She has been teaching for 18 years – 17 of these for Menai-Illawong Physie. Jo’s ladies have achieved some wonderful results both individually and in Team contests which has helped place her Ladies in the “Championship” section for team competitions – the highest honour in physie events.
It is with this wealth of knowledge that she has gained throughout the years and a driving passion for teaching physie that she now begins another venture with the opening of 'The Point' Physie Club in 2015.
She has an enthusiasm and love for the sport that she hopes to pass on to her ladies no matter at what level they wish to compete. However, her philosophy for physie is not only to be competitive and get fit but to have fun and enjoy yourself while making many new and lifelong friends.
MEET CATHERINe carney - JUNIORS & SENIORS
I started physical culture at the age 3 and have loved it from the word go! Throughout my physie career to date, I have won 6 National Championships and have won many team Championships.
I have always been involved in Physie, Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Cheerleading and although those days have gone, my physie is still stronger than ever. I just love the adrenalin rush when I step out on the floor to compete. And as a mother of 3, I was lucky enough to have a little physie girl to enjoy this wonderful sport with.
Over the last 33 years in physie I have made many wonderful friendships and this year started up a new club "The Point Physical Culture Club" along with Jo Walsh and Kirsty Schofield.
MEET KIRSTY SCHOFIELD - SENIORS
Kirsty fell in love with Physie when she was 2 years old after watching her older sister going to practice. After several tantrums her mother relented and she was allowed to join the class and has never looked back. So at a little over the age of 2 years Kirsty embarked on her wonderful journey into the world of 'Physie'.
Kirsty has performed competitively at the highest level from the age of 5 and has been extremely successful, winning 7 National Championships. In 2010 Kirsty achieved her dream of winning the coveted Ladies Overall National Champion which is the most prestigious award given in the Ladies sections. Kirsty has also received numerous wins & places at Championship Level for Team events.
Kirsty started learning the art of teaching at the age of 12 whilst at Como Physie and has over the last 30 years continued to impart her knowledge onto students with great success. She has an eye for detail and is able to nurture girls of all ages to reach their potential in a fun and caring environment.
Kirsty has always wanted to start her own physie club so with the love and support of her family; husband Ryan and her boys Jett, Will and Flyn plus the wonderful partnership of Catherine and Jo, 'The Point' physie club has been realised.
MEET JO REESON - Juniors
Jo was first introduced to physie at the age of two whilst sitting on a bunny rug at the back of a hall when her mother had her physie classes. Jo’s own phyise journey started at the age of three years. Since then her love and passion for Physie has grown stronger over the years and is evident in her friendships and both personal and team achievements throughout her physie career. She is a mother of a little physie girl now and just loves that she can now enjoy this wonderful sport with her.
Jo has had experience competing at the highest level and was a regular competitor at the National Physie Finals at the Opera House in both Junior and Senior years. Jo was awarded regular national placing from the age of 13. Through years of determination and dedication Jo has won 2 National Championships, and won multiple championship grade teams.
Jo first started to learn the art of teaching from the age of 17. She has lots of enthusiasm and love for physie. Her goal now is to pass on all her knowledge and passion to the girls who she will be teaching.
She understands how significant the role of a physie teacher can play during a girls life, as she has had some very influential teachers who have made an enormous impact in her life’s direction. Jo is looking forward to being part of the magical physie journey in many girls lives and hopes to make the same impact on them.
MEET KARA HALL - TODDLERS, 5/6 YEARS
Kara's Physie journey started at the age of 3, where she fell in love with not only the style of dance, but the amazing life-long friendships she has made along the way.
Kara has loved competing in both individual and team competitions throughout her 29 years. One of her recent highlights was winning our Under 33 ladies zone competition and then going on to make the national finals at Homebush. To top of the 2016 physie year, her Ladies Under 33's team placed first in Championship Grade. One of physic's highest accomplishments.
Kara's love for physie continues to grow year after year, especially now that she is a mother to two beautiful daughters. Kara looks forward to sharing the physie journey with them and all of the members and friends at The Point Physie.
Kara wish is that you all fall in love with the crazy world that is physie. She is looking forward to welcoming our Toddlers in 2017, having fun, making friends and building confidence within the girls in so many ways.
MEET JULIE HANNON-RUDD - SENIORS
Julie started Physie when she was 6 years old but after 3 years turned her focus to other forms of dance including ballet, jazz and contemporary. In ballet she received honours in all grade exams 2–8 and is a certified RAD teacher. She returned to Physie as a Senior in 2007, placing second at nationals and has won her Open Senior section, with the great honour of also challenging for grand.
She still has a great love of contemporary dance and in 2010 successfully auditioned and performed for a company called Twisted Element in a production called, ‘Ostara’. She says if she could do it all over again she wouldn’t have given up physie as a child. Julz believes it’s such a special sport that has given her so many incredible friendships and the ability to now keep dancing throughout her adult life. She is a mother of 2 and in 2018 had a little girl who she can’t wait to share her love of physie with.
Julz feels honoured to also share her love of this sport with others. She loves to teach and bring out the best in each individual to help them achieve their goals - whatever those goals may be.