Physie to me had always been a thing of legend, almost mythical. Over the years, my wife, Nat, has shared stories of her physie days. Stories shared between her sister, mother, aunties, cousins and some friends of a bygone era. Even though Nat and I met when we were teenagers she had already finished doing physie at that stage so, I will admit, I did find it hard to relate to these stories as I did not really know anything about physie.
When Nat decided to return to physie I knew immediately that this was going to be a big part of our family life. You see, when Nat commits to something she gives it her all!
All of a sudden I am being asked my opinion on things like leotard colour, short sleeve or long sleeve, fishnet stockings and technical movements in the routine.
The enthusiasm and excitement that returning to physie has brought Nat is the most rewarding thing to me. Her club has a very tight physie community. Although I am only just starting to get to know all these people personally I feel I already know them well already. They look out for each other and nobody is judged. Each individual is on a different journey and is accepted and supported wherever they are on that journey.
Last year Nat returned to competition. She attended an Inter-club and then Qld Zones. It was very important for me that my 2 teenage boys and myself attended to support her. It is only fair because for years she has been supporting all of us at footy, debating, golf and even my desire to sing very bad karaoke.
Being completely new to physie I observed these events with an open mind and had no expectations. I was totally surprised! The professional way the event was managed and to the level of performance from the juniors to the seniors was of great standard (even to this novice eye). I immediately appreciated the amount of work that went into perfecting a routine, and not just one but half a dozen. Everyone appeared to be enjoying the event regardless of their level of success.
I enjoy my new role as Physie husband. It has helped Nat be confident in herself and with herself. It has given her another identity rather than Mum and it has given us another circle of friends that we would otherwise never have met. I am proud of the changes she has made and what she has already achieved in a short time.
I look forward to continuing to support her on her Physie journey to repay her for all the support she has given us over the years.
Since this piece was written, John has been involved in running physie events and looks forward to supporting Nat for years to come! Nat has been an assistant teacher at Toowoomba Physie And Dance and has been a great encouragement and support to her students.
Recently Nat was successful in becoming a National Grand Finalist. That is, one of the top 12 in Australia in her category! To read more about Nat’s return to physie here.