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About Us

Our Teachers

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, placing at the Senior Opera House ten times and representing the club in the prestigious “Grand Champion” final at the Opera House three 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. She has also trained as a fitness instructor.

In 2007, Georgia began teaching Physie and she is an inspiration for all our younger members. Georgia has taught across all age groups for Balgowlah Physie Club and is a knowledgeable and accomplished teacher. She currently teaches our 9-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-1st years, 2nd years, Novice and Open Senior classes.

“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.”

Ellie Jenkins

Ellie started Physie at Balgowlah Club as a tiny 2-year-old because she was so eager to join in with her older sister, Georgia. She has been an outstanding Balgowlah Physie girl ever since competing in 38 teams for the club and placing at Nationals 10 times. She has also played a crucial role in the success of many of the Balgowlah Physie teams she has taught over the years.

Ellie is actually the third generation of Balgowlah Physie girls with her Grandmother, the oldest member of Balgowlah Club and her mother, competing for the club for more than 50 years.

Ellie is a qualified primary school teacher and is able to use her teaching knowledge as a Physie teacher. Ellie began teaching Physie in 2008 and she currently teaches our 5-6 Year & 7-8 Year  classes. Ellie has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share to the benefit of the whole club.

“I love teaching Physie because I believe in holistically educating young minds. To further develop children’s skills in teamwork, cognitive ability and social skills outside of the school setting. Physie promotes the importance of a growth mindset in students and how to achieve their goals through hard work and determination. Teaching ‘Physie’ is a true passion of mine, as I believe it builds upon developing a well-balanced happy child who has positive self-esteem in a safe and nurturing environment.”

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 currently teaches all our Balgowlah ladies classes and is a full-time Director of BJP Physie.

As an individual competitor Maxine won the prestigious title of Open Grand Champion three times, was nine times National Champion and three times national place getter. 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.”

Lacey Skelton

Lacey asked her mother if she could do Physie after watching her Aunties compete in a Physie competition in Queensland. She was just two 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 and an additional two national placings.

Lacey enjoys teaching at Balgowlah Physie Club because she enjoys seeing the improvement in the girls, especially the new members.  Lacey currently teaches our Preschooler and 5-6 years classes.

 

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

Caitlin Werakso

Caitlin has been a part of Balgowlah Physie since she was five years old, and has been able to pass her experience on to the next generation of Physie girls. Caitlin competes in both team and individual competitions and instils her own determination into her pupils.

Caitlin has been a very successful physie girl, qualifying for the national final 11 consecutive years, including taking out two places at a national level. She has also been a part of two cup-winning teams in BJP’s Championship Grade competitions.

Teaching young girls is something Caitlin adores and is passionate about.  Caitlin currently teaches the 9-12 year class.

“It’s phenomenal how much Physie can help girls to flourish, and to enjoy themselves along the way. Being a part of their growth is what I love so much about teaching Physie.”

Stella MacLeod

Stella is our new assistant teacher and she is assisting with the 5-6 Years and 7-8 Years classes.  We are excited to have Stella on board and hope she enjoys her new role in the club.  Stella started at Balgowlah Club when she was 5 years old and has enjoyed great success in Physie over the years.