Margaret began physie as a three-year old at Austenham Road Methodist Physical Culture Club in Leichhardt, Sydney, in the mid 1950s. Following years of outstanding successes as an individual & team competitor, in 1965 she was placed 5th at the National titles then held at the Grace Bros Auditorium, Broadway, before making consistent yearly appearances as a senior finalist at the Sydney Opera House.
On moving to the Far North Coast in 1980, the existing Lismore Physical Culture Club was on the lookout for a new teacher. With Margaret’s expertise, dedication & guidance the girls of the Lismore PCC began to achieve outstanding results at local, regional and national competitions.
Even Margaret continued to contest National titles until well into her forties when she decided to hang up her physie shoes & leotards in order to focus her efforts on instruction & personal fitness. Taking a short break from physie she began teaching aerobics classes including Les Mills Body Balance & Step classes at gyms in Lismore, Ballina & Byron Bay before retiring from these in 2005.
Thereafter, with physie still pulsing through her veins, the Lismore City Club was established. Comprising only four women, the outstanding success of each of these ladies at regional & National level meant her new Club was off & running … and Margaret was back doing what she does best.
In 2013 the Club continued under the banner of Lennox Ladies Physie, encompassing classes in Lennox Head & Lismore. Membership more than doubled & Ladies teams again took to the floor with success (& with Margaret stepping again into a leotard & stirrup tights) before, in 2015, uniting all Clubs as Lismore City United Physie.
2019 promises another new and exciting direction for our expanding Club with the addition of a vibrant Miss Beka to our teaching team, and the Club name reflecting its expanding operation as LISMORE LENNOX UNITED PHYSIE.
Rebecca’s love of Physie started when she was 6 years old. As a junior she enjoyed the competition side of the sport as well as being able to come to a class with a group of friends each week.
Successful as both a Junior and Senior Physie girl (with zone placings and reaching National levels), as a Senior girl Rebecca was lucky to be taught by our very own Margaret Heggen. It was in these years of being nurtured & guided by Margaret that Rebecca achieved her personal best, winning 1st place at Zone as a Senior.
“ I remember the feeling of achievement; and how much dedication & empowerment Miss Margaret gave me; she opened my eyes, transformed my Physie life & gave me so much confidence to become a strong young woman.”
Rebecca had time away from Physie in her 20s to become a Hairdresser, Business Owner and mother of two : a little boy, & a future little Physie girl.
As Rebecca’s daughter was growing up she knew it wouldn’t be long & she could start sharing her passion of Physie with her.
“I couldn’t wait to start our Girl Thing!, together. That’s why I love Physie so much, it’s a sport for life! Grandmothers, Mothers, daughters and grand-daughters can all be members of the same Physie Club.”
After returning to learning Physie as a lady, it didn’t take long for Rebecca’s Physie passion to start burning again inside, but it was while watching her daughter’s Physie class each week she found what she was truly passionate about – to become a teacher , sharing her love and knowledge of the sport to as many young girls in the local community.
Rebecca started her BJP teaching training in 2015 and in her time since becoming “Miss Beka” she has enjoyed watching her physie students find their love of dance and competitions.
Miss Beka believes that every Physie girl is special & unique in their own way, and she thrives on building their confidence through their love of dance.
It’s this positive method of teaching which has seen Miss Beka’s students achieve many admirable results at Interclubs, Zone & National level.
“I love to see my students set themselves PHYSIE goals at the start of the year, then have the joy of watching them achieve these goals as well as the friendships they’ve formed together an how inspiring they all become of each other. Watching my amazing girls grow, while empowering them with skills to be confident strong women has been an absolute privilege and something I will always cherish.’
Physie is now Miss Beka’s life and she loves that she can be a role model for young girls , promoting positive body image and teaching them to embrace fitness as a way of life.
In 2019 she is looking forward to also teaching 13 – 1st years classes, as she feels it is even more important for girls of this age group to continue to feel encouraged, supported and valued.
Miss Beka is excited to start a fresh new journey with Margaret and Lismore Lennox United in 2019.
Miss Beka achieving a well-deserved place in Over 33 Ladies at Coffs Harbour Ladies’ Zone in 2017
Lara Zilm, is our new Student Teacher, assisting Miss Beka & Miss Margaret from our 4yrs to 15yrs for 2019.
Says Miss Beka, “It has been such an honour to watch Lara grow over the years into such a beautiful young lady & I have been so very lucky to have had her by my side the past 2 years helping to guide our juniors. Miss Lara is dedicated, talented, passionate and a true inspiration. We are so proud to have Lara on our team and to be able to provide our girls with the opportunity to spend time with such a wonderful role model. We know your students will absolutely love having you teach them and will benefit from your years as a successful Physie competitor and from your passion for the sport. “