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About Us

Our Teachers

Ellie Clare-Nazer

Ellie may be the “tiniest tiny” Balgowlah Physie Club has ever had! At 2 years of age Ellie started in the Balgowlah tinies class because she was desperate to join in with her older sister, Georgia. She was so petite and gorgeous – she stole the show on Club Challenge day.

Ellie has been an outstanding Balgowlah Physie girl ever since, representing the club at a National level every year and has placed at Nationals 8 times. She has also played a crucial role in the success of many Balgowlah Physie teams over the years.

Ellie is actually the 3rd generation of Balgowlah Physie girls with her Grandmother, the oldest member of Balgowlah Club and her mother, competing for the club for more than 40 years.

Currently completing a Bachelor of Education at University of Notre Dame, Ellie is able to use her teaching knowledge as a Balgowlah Physie teacher. Ellie began teaching Physie in 2008 and now teaches our 5-6 years and 7-8 years classes. Ellie is a wonderful role model for our junior members.

“I love teaching Physie because I enjoy building relationships with our youngest Balgolwah Physie Girls. Each week they all rush to tell me their news and their energy is infectious! I hope I can pass on the “Physie bug” so that my girls continue to learn Physie for their whole life and become the Balgowlah Ladies of the future”.

Georgia Clare-Nazer

Georgia has been a member of Balgowlah Physie Club since she was three years old. She values the lasting friendships she has made through Physie and still competes with girls she started with, all those years ago. Over the years, Georgia has achieved outstanding personal success in Physie, having been a national finalist many times and placing at the Senior Opera House six times.

Georgia is passionate about dance and has participated in jazz, modern and ballet from the age of six. She completed all ballet exams, up to and including Advanced 2.  Despite currently studying Commerce at University of Notre Dame, she still finds time to dance at least 3 times a week.

In 2007, Georgia began teaching Physie and she is an inspiration for all our younger members. Her aim is to build confidence in her girls, to not only improve their Physie performance but also to help them in all aspects of life.

“I enjoy teaching Physie because I love watching the girls improve week by week and watching them grow every year into beautiful, confident young women”.

Kareena Lockrey

Kareena started doing Physie when she was three years old, and now over 30 years later, she is still loving Physie and enjoying passing on her knowledge and skills to the senior age groups at the Balgowlah Club. She started teaching Physie at the age of 14, and later went on to start her own club. Kareena has been a member of the Balgowlah Club for more than 20 years.

As an individual competitor, Kareena placed as a junior, but came to her fore with the senior work. She won every senior age group from the 2nd years to the over 25s, taking home 7 national titles!  In 1996, Kareena won the prestigious title of Open Grand Champion (a title that our teacher Maxine also won 3 times). It is very special that we have two Grand Champions teaching in our club.

Kareena and her husband own and run a direct marketing company. She is also a qualified senior PE teacher, but gave up school teaching when they started their own business. They have two beautiful children, and their daughter Chelsea, has started doing Physie at Balgowlah as well.

“I love teaching Physie because I love seeing the progress that the girls make throughout the year. I feel so proud watching them compete at the end of the year, as I know how much hard work and dedication each and every one of them has put in. I love watching their friendships develop as well – they will be friends forever because of Physie.”

Maxine Szalay

Maxine’s love of Physie started when she was five years old and she enjoyed many happy years as a Balgowlah Junior. At the age of 16 she started teaching, as she wanted to pass on her skills and passion for Physie to others, so that they too could enjoy the experience. 40 years on, having shared in the lives of thousands of pupils on the northern beaches, she still loves her teaching role at Balgowlah.

Maxine is currently a full time Director of the Bjelke Petersen School of Physical Culture with her working background lying in administration and client liaison across a variety of industries.

As an individual competitor throughout her Junior and Senior years, she won the prestigious title of Open Grand Champion 3 times, was 7 times National Champion and 3 times National place getter. As an Open Lady she also gained a further 2 National titles. But her passion has always been in teaching.

Her mission is to give all students at whatever level, the confidence to perform with success and to enjoy the bond that grows with club teammates and teamwork.

 “I love teaching Physie because it gives me a chance to share my passion for Physie, promote good sportsmanship to all our club members, and to be a mentor to our very talented younger teachers”.

2-lacey-profileLacey Skelton

Lacey asked her mother if she could do Physie after watching her Aunties compete in a Physie competition in Queensland. She was just 2 years old! Since then Physie has become a big part of Lacey’s life. She has enjoyed great success in the junior ranks achieving a National Title in 2011 at age 13.

The transition into the senior class has been very positive for Lacey. She has enjoyed the variety of the syllabus plus more of a dance component. Becoming a National Finalist, as a senior, was very exciting for Lacey as it gave her the chance to perform at the Sydney Opera House. All our juniors have a wonderful role model in Lacey.

In 2012, Lacey started teaching at Balgowlah Physie Club because she enjoys seeing the improvement in the girls, especially the new members. In 2015 Lacey completed the BJP Level 1 Teaching Certificate.

“I love teaching because I love to see the progress the younger girls make throughout the year, not only with their Physie and confidence but also their friendships. My aim is to develop the girls and keep Physie fun.”